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Elba Island In-Service Date Pushed Back to Q4 2018

Kinder Morgan announced that the initial in-service date for its liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Elba Island, near Savannah, Ga., has been pushed back one quarter to the fourth quarter of 2018. With an anticipated liquefaction capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year, final units at the facility are expected to come online by the third quarter of 2019. The project is supported by a 20-year contract with...
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Woodside Petroleum Backs Out of Port Arthur LNG Project

Bloomberg reports that Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has announced that it will not participate in the development of Sempra Energy’s proposed Port Arthur LNG liquefaction facility and export terminal in Port Arthur, Texas. Woodside Chief Executive Officer Peter Coleman is quoted as saying, “[i]t got to a point where it got below our investment returns and we said we need to put our money somewhere else.” In February 2016, Woodside entered into a Project Development Agreement with Sempra LNG & Midstream to advance the development of the...
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FERC Streamlining LNG Facility Permitting Process

On July 17, 2018, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre issued a press release stating that in the last few days FERC has “made truly significant strides in reforming the [LNG facility] permitting process with our federal partners, eliminating duplicative efforts and instituting a streamlined procedure that will significantly reduce our LNG permitting timelines.” McIntyre added that “we expect to have a formalized agreement in place in the coming days.” McIntyre’s statement also noted that recent media reports of FERC letters announcing delays in the processing of LNG terminal applications were...
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DOE Issues Advisory Opinion on LNG Shipments to Guantanamo Bay

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an advisory opinion stating that LNG shipments from the United States to the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba would not constitute an “export” subject to DOE’s jurisdiction under Natural Gas Act section 3(a).
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DOE Issues Policy Statement on Non-FTA LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a policy statement regarding long-term authorizations to export LNG to nations without a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA nations) with the United States.  DOE/FE states that it wishes to allay concerns of potential importers of U.S. LNG and financiers of LNG export projects about the security of existing (or future) non-FTA export authorizations, and therefore “affirms its commitment to all export authorizations issued under the [Natural Gas Act], including long-term authorizations approving the export of LNG to...
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Correction – Galveston Bay LNG Receives DOE FTA-Only Export Authority

On July 10, 2018, LNG Law Blog reported that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had issued an order authorizing Galveston Bay LNG, LLC to export up to 785.5 Bcf/year (2.15 Bcf/day) of domestically produced LNG over 20 years by vessel to both nations with and without a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.   The order authorizes Galveston Bay LNG to export the LNG only to nations with an FTA with the United States.  The order states that DOE will address Galveston Bay LNG’s request to export LNG to non-FTA nations in a separate order....
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CCL Requests Authorization to Construct Stage 3 LNG Facilities

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III, LLC (CCL) has filed an application with FERC for authorization to site, construct, and operate an expansion of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project currently under construction at Corpus Christi, Texas. The proposed Stage 3 expansion project would add seven midscale liquefaction trains, one LNG storage tank, and an additional interconnected pipeline to the existing project. The Stage 3 Project would increase the expected aggregate nominal LNG production capacity at the Liquefaction Project to approximately 23 million metric tonnes per annum....
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