Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Other Non-Current Assets

Other Non-Current Assets
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Deferred Costs, Capitalized, Prepaid, and Other Assets Disclosure [Abstract]  
Other Non-Current Assets
Other non-current assets consist of the following (in thousands):
December 31, 2018
December 31, 2017
Land lease and purchase options


Permitting costs




Total other non-current assets


Land Lease and Purchase Options
We hold lease and purchase option agreements (the “Options”) for certain tracts of land and associated river frontage that provide for four or five-year terms. In addition to the Options, the Company holds a ground lease for a port facility adjacent to a tract of land that was acquired in March 2016. The lease provides for a four-year term, subject to a 20-year extension and six five-year renewals. The ground lease is accounted for as an operating lease, with rental payments accounted for using the straight-line method.
Upon exercise of the Options, the leases are subject to maximum terms of 60 years (inclusive of various renewals) at the option of the Company. Lease and purchase option payments have been capitalized in other non-current assets. Costs of the Options will be amortized over the life of the lease once obtained, or capitalized into the land if purchased.
Permitting Costs
Permitting costs primarily represent the purchase of wetland credits in connection with our permit application to the USACE in 2018 and 2017. These wetland credits will be applied to our permit in accordance with the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act, which require us to mitigate the impact to the Louisiana wetlands caused by the construction of the Driftwood Project. If the USACE permit is secured, the permitting costs will be capitalized and depreciated with the total cost to construct the Driftwood Project.