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FERC Denies Rehearing of Texas LNG Brownsville and Annova LNG Brownsville Project Authorizations

FERC has denied requests for rehearing of its orders authorizing construction and operation of the proposed Texas LNG Brownsville and Annova LNG Brownsville liquefaction and LNG export projects on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas. Rehearing was requested by Sierra Club and others alleging that FERC failed to adequately consider the projects’ environmental and other impacts. In denying rehearing, FERC stated that approval of the projects was not inconsistent with the public interest. Although the Final Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the projects identified some...
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FERC Decision on Jordan Cove LNG Project Delayed

The Oregonian reports that on February 20, 2020, FERC Chairman and Commissioners voted 2-1 against approving the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project liquefaction and LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., citing the need for more time to review Oregon permit denials for the project. According to the report, on February 19, 2020, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) denied a permit for the proposed project finding that “the terminal and its 230-mile feeder pipeline would have significant adverse effects on the state’s coastal scenic and aesthetic resources,...
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FERC Authorizes Commencement of Service for Cameron LNG Train 2

FERC has issued a letter authorizing Cameron LNG, LLC to commence service for liquefaction and export activities from the second liquefaction train (Train 2) at its LNG export facility in Hackberry, La.  
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DOE Authorizes Long-Term Non-FTA LNG Exports from Four Proposed Texas Terminals

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the issuance of four orders granting long-term authorization of exports of domestically produced LNG to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries), from four proposed LNG export projects in Texas: Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG, and Texas LNG, all located in Brownsville, Texas, and Corpus Christi LNG’s Stage III in Corpus Christi, Texas. Under the orders issued, the authorization...
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DOE Proposes to Extend Non-FTA LNG Export Authorization Terms Through 2050

On February 11, 2020, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gave notice of a proposed policy statement (Proposal). DOE is proposing to extend the standard 20-year term for authorizations to export natural gas from the lower-48 states—including domestically produced LNG, compressed natural gas, and compressed gas liquid—to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries). Under the Proposal,...
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Cameron LNG Seeks 6-Year Extension to Construct Expansion Project

Cameron LNG has filed a letter with FERC seeking a 6-year extension of time, until May 5, 2026, to construct and place into service the Expansion Project at its Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes, La., liquefaction and LNG export terminal. The Expansion Project consists of liquefaction Trains 4 and 5 and appurtenant facilities, which will allow Cameron LNG to export an additional 515 Bcf per year from its existing LNG export terminal. FERC’s order authorizing the Expansion project set an in-service date for the facilities of May 5, 2020. Cameron LNG seeks the extension due to a change in...
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Annova LNG Signs Precedent Agreement with Enbridge Affiliate

Annova LNG announced that it has signed a Precedent Agreement with Enbridge affiliate Valley Crossing Pipeline, LLC (VCP), providing transportation for Annova LNG’s total natural gas requirements at its proposed 6.5 metric tonnes per annum LNG facility in Brownsville, Texas. According to the press release, under “the Precedent Agreement, the existing Valley Crossing Pipeline from Agua Dulce to Brownsville, Texas, will be expanded along with the construction of an approximately nine-mile lateral connecting VCP to Annova LNG’s facility.” The Precedent Agreement “provides for the execution of...
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