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FERC Approves Pre-Filing Process for Port Fourchon LNG Project

FERC has issued a letter approving Fourchon LNG LLC’s (Fourchon) request to begin the pre-filing environmental review process for its proposed Port Fourchon LNG export terminal project on Belle Pass in Lafourche Parish, La.  Fourchon plans to develop the terminal in two phases, with the first phase having a liquefaction capacity of two million metric tons of LNG per annum (MTPA), and the second phase expanding the liquefaction capacity to a total of five million MTPA....
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U.S. LNG Arrives in Lithuania

Reuters reports that a cargo of LNG from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La. has reached Lithuania. According to Reuters, the LNG is for clients of a Lithuanian state-owned trader that are located in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Lithuanian government estimates it will import half of its gas consumption in 2017 as LNG, mostly from Norway’s Statoil, with the remainder to be imported via a pipeline from Russia. Lithuania aims to reduce its dependence on Russia, and more U.S. LNG supplies from Cheniere Energy are expected to be shipped to Lithuania next year....
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IECA Urges Moratorium on Further Non-FTA LNG Exports

Claiming that exporting LNG is “a manufacturing job destroyer” in the long run, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry which “provide[s] absolute justification for placing a moratorium” on further approvals of LNG exports to non-Free Trade Agreement (NFTA) nations. The letter urges Perry “to review the Obama Administration’s DOE studies on the economic impacts of LNG exports that are being used to justify further export application approvals” since “the Obama Administration studies understate [cumulative...
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Court Affirms Freeport LNG Export Authority

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied Sierra Club’s challenge to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) orders approving LNG exports by Freeport LNG Expansion LP. According to the Law360 article, the court rejected Sierra Club’s argument that DOE did not tailor “its review of the indirect environmental effects of export-induced natural gas production — in particular, how such production might impact ozone concentration and water resources — to specific levels of exports or export-induced production.” The court “held that the DOE offered a solid explanation as to why those...
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FERC Approves Pre-Filing Procedures for Commonwealth LNG Project

FERC has approved Commonwealth LNG, LLC’s request to initiate the pre-filing environmental review process for Commonwealth LNG’s proposed liquefaction and LNG export facility in Cameron Parish, La. along the South Prong of Grand Bayou. The project would have a liquefaction capacity of approximately 9 million tonnes per annum. Commonwealth intends to file a formal application for the project with FERC no later than August 2018.
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EIA: U.S. Expected to be Net Gas Exporter in 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017.  The United States has been a net gas exporter for three of the past four months and this is expected to continue for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018 due to growing U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico, declining pipeline imports from Canada, and increasing exports of LNG.  EIA also expects exports of LNG to increase as five new liquefaction projects currently under construction—Cove Point, Cameron, Elba Island, Freeport,...
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Fourchon LNG Requests FERC to Initiate Pre-Filing Procedures

Fourchon LNG LLC has filed a letter requesting that FERC initiate its pre-filing environmental review procedures for Fourchon LNG’s proposed LNG export project, to be located in Lafourche Parish, La.  Fourchon LNG proposes to site, construct, own, and operate a LNG liquefaction facility with a peak capacity of approximately five (5.0) million metric tons of LNG per annum and a ship berth on Belle Pass, Port Fourchon.  Fourchon LNG states that after receiving the necessary authorizations, it intends to commence construction in phases, with the first phase commencing in the third quarter of...
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