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PHMSA Approves Design Spill Criteria for Sabine Pass LNG Stage 3 Expansion

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) has filed a letter with FERC stating that it has no objection to the methodology used by Sabine Pass LNG for determining single accidental leakage sources for candidate design spills for the proposed Stage 3 (liquefaction trains 5 and 6) expansion at the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La.  PHMSA reviewed the methodology to ensure compliance with PHMSA’s pipeline safety...
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Corpus Christi Liquefaction Selects Texas Agency as the Greenhouse Gas Permitting Authority For Its LNG Export Terminal

Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL) has filed a letter with FERC stating that it has selected the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as the reviewing authority for CCL’s pending application for a Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for CCL’s proposed LNG export terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas.  The letter states that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of transferring such permitting authority to the TCEQ and gave CCL the choice of whether it wanted EPA or TECQ to complete review of its permit application. ...
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Pivotal LNG Requests FERC Ruling on LNG Terminal Definition and LNG Transportation Jurisdiction

Pivotal LNG has filed a petition for declaratory order with FERC seeking a ruling that existing LNG production facilities not otherwise subject to FERC’s jurisdiction under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act would not be deemed “LNG terminal[s]” subject to Section 3 jurisdiction by virtue of producing LNG that subsequently may be transported in interstate commerce by waterborne vessel.  Pivotal LNG also requests a ruling that certain transactions involving sales of LNG sourced from an existing LNG production facility or from a non-affiliated LNG supplier and subsequently transported in...
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ConocoPhillips Alaska Receives Renewed DOE Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order authorizing ConocoPhillips Alaska Natural Gas to export over a two-year period 40 Bcf of LNG by vessel from the existing LNG terminal near Kenai, Alaska to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas (non-FTA nations).  Read more in the press...
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B.C. Government Signs Revenue-Sharing Agreements with First Nations for LNG Terminal

The Financial Post reports that the British Columbia (B.C.) government has signed revenue-sharing agreements with two First Nations related to the development of the proposed Aurora LNG and other proposed LNG export terminals on Grassy Point, near Prince Rupert, B.C.  The article notes that while there are about a dozen proposed LNG export terminals in B.C., none has reached a final investment...
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PHMSA OKs EcoEléctrica’s Design Spill Criteria for LNG Pipeline

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration has filed a letter with FERC stating that it has no objection to EcoEléctrica’s methodology for determining the single accidental leakage sources used to establish design spill criteria for the siting of EcoEléctrica’s LNG Pipeline Project in compliance with PHMSA’s pipeline safety regulations.  The pipeline project will interconnect EcoEléctrica’s LNG import terminal in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico to a non-jurisdictional LNG truck loading facility that would be utilized to supply LNG to large end-users in Puerto...
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U.S. House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Expedite LNG Exports to WTO Nations

Oil & Gas Journal reports that the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Power Subcommittee approved H.R. 6, a bill to expedite approvals of U.S. LNG exports to World Trade Organization nations.  According to the report, the vote was 15 to 11 along party lines, with Republicans favoring approval and Democrats opposing it.  An amendment to the bill also was approved, which would require LNG export applicants to certify that their exports are in the national interest and publicly disclose the specific destinations of their...
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