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FERC Releases Final EIS for Jordan Cove Energy Project

FERC has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore. The Final EIS “concludes that constructing and operating the project would result in temporary, long-term, and permanent impacts on the environment. Many of these impacts would not be significant or would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of proposed and/or recommended impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures. However, some of these impacts would be adverse and significant....
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DOE Authorizes Long-Term Small-Scale LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued orders authorizing long-term “small-scale natural gas exports” to Blue Water Fuels, LLC (Blue Water Fuels) and SpotX Energy, LLC (SpotX). Under DOE’s regulations, “small-scale natural gas exports” are deemed to be consistent with the public interest under section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act. Both Blue Water Fuels and SpotX are authorized to export the LNG to nations without a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Blue Water Fuels seeks to export over a 20-year term 3.4 Bcf/year (0.009 Bcf/day) of LNG via approved IMO7/TVAC-ASME LNG (ISO)...
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Commonwealth LNG Files for DOE Export Authority

Commonwealth LNG, LLC (Commonwealth), has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export up to 441.4 Bcf/year of domestically produced LNG to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries, and to Non-Free Trade Agreement (Non-FTA) countries. Commonwealth requested authorization for: (i) a 25-year period for exports to FTA nations, and (ii) a 20-year period for exports to Non-FTA nations from its proposed liquefaction and export facility located in Cameron Parish, La....
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Delfin Announces Advancements in Newbuild FLNG Vessel Development

Yesterday, Delfin Midstream (“Delfin”) announced further progress in the development of its offshore LNG project. The press release states that Delfin initiated cooperation with Samsung Heavy Industries (“SHI”) and Black & Veatch in the 4th quarter of 2018 and successfully completed a pre-FEED study for a Newbuild FLNG Vessel in the first half of 2019. The parties have also been developing a Term Sheet for a Lump-Sum, Turnkey Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning contract (“LSTK EPCIC”) for the construction and completion of the Newbuild FLNG Vessel....
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Sempra Energy and Mitsui Sign MOU for Development of LNG Export Projects in North America

Sempra Energy announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with Mitsui & Co., LTD. reflecting the parties’ preliminary agreement for Mitsui’s participation in the Cameron LNG Phase 2 project at Hackberry, La., and a future expansion of the Energía Costa Azul (“ECA”) LNG project in Baja California, Mexico.  According to the press release, the “MOU is non-binding and contemplates the continued mutual support for the development of Cameron LNG Phase 2, including Mitsui’s purchase of up to one-third of the available...
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North Slope LNG Export Project Proposed

Qilak LNG, a new company headed by former Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, announced that it plans to construct an LNG liquefaction facility at Point Thomson, Alaska, and ship LNG produced from the North Slope gas to Asian markets on ice-breaking tankers. Qilak is a subsidiary of Dubai-based Lloyds Energy. David Clarke, President and COO of Qilak, said the company has partnered with ExxonMobil, who has agreed to produce and sell at least 560 MMcf/day of natural gas from their Point Thomson field. Clarke says Qilak has already completed an initial feasibility study for the project, with a...
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FERC Releases Environmental Review Schedule for Commonwealth LNG

FERC has released the schedule for its environmental review of the proposed Commonwealth LNG, LLC liquefaction and LNG export facility and an associated natural gas pipeline in Cameron Parish, La. A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is expected to be released in May 2020, and a final EIS is scheduled to be released on October 2, 2020. Other federal agencies’ reviews of the project are to be completed by December 31, 2020....
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