NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two companies are looking at building large facilities along the Mississippi River south of New Orleans where they can export natural gas to the world market.
It's another sign of the expanding footprint of the natural gas industry in Louisiana.
Until now, the area around Lake Charles has been the center of a boom in the market to export natural gas with 10 projects in various stages of development there.
Now companies are looking to Plaquemines Parish as an alternative hub.
Venture Global LNG, a Washington, D.C.-based energy firm, wants to build a large facility near Pointe-a-la-Hache on the west bank of the Mississippi River while Louisiana LNG Energy LLC is looking at building a smaller facility on the east bank of the river. Louisiana LNG is a Houston-based venture.