Rotterdam-based LNG developer 4Gas has been refused permission to build a 6-9 billion m3/year facility at the French port of Bordeaux.
The project had been plagued by delays, and has now been effectively terminated by the refusal of local officials to grant 4Gas a two-year extension to the original three-year land option for the project.
Henry Jonkman, the French director of 4Gas, said that the refusal was a violation of the original contract granting permission for the extension, and that 4Gas would seek compensation.
The developer had agreed to all environmental and safety measures required for the extension, including landscaping around the site and burying of tanks. It had also conducted a public consultation exercise.
The project had been opposed by local elected officials, especially transport state secretary Dominique Bussereau, who is mayor of a small commune near the Gironde Estuary.