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FERC Approves Freeport LNG Train 4 Expansion

FERC has issued an order authorizing construction and operation of liquefaction Train 4 at Freeport LNG’s existing import terminal near the city of Freeport, in Brazoria County, Texas. Train 4 will be able to produce an additional 5.1 million metric tons per annum of LNG (approximately 0.74 Bcf/day) for export. FERC Commissioner Richard Glick issued a dissenting statement criticizing the majority’s decision to approve the project while refusing to assess the significance of the impact of the project’s greenhouse gas emissions on the environment and neglecting the Commission’s duty to explore...
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Cameron LNG Begins Production

On May 14, 2019, Cameron LNG announced that Train 1 at its Hackberry, La., liquefaction-export facility has started producing LNG.  The Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project includes three liquefaction trains which are projected to export 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 Bcf/day.  Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)....
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Cameron LNG Requests Permission for Commissioning Cargoes

Cameron LNG has filed a letter with FERC requesting authorization for commissioning cargoes of LNG associated with Train 1 LNG production.
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Construction at Golden Pass LNG Terminal to Start May 13

Golden Pass Products has filed a letter with FERC stating that construction is expected to begin May 13, 2019 at the proposed Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Jefferson County, Texas.  Qatar Petroleum owns 70 percent of the Golden Pass LNG project and ExxonMobil owns 30 percent.  
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China to Increase Tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25%

Reuters reports that in retaliation for a U.S. increase in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, China is set to increase the tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25% starting June 1. The report states that “[s]o far this year, only two LNG vessels have gone from the United States to China, versus 14 during the first four months of 2018 before the start of the 10-month trade war.”
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Cameron LNG Expected to Begin Production Soon

Platts reports that LNG production at Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., is expected to begin within days.  
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FERC Authorizes Pre-Filing Review Process for Venture Global Delta LNG

FERC has issued a letter authorizing the pre-filing environmental review process for Venture Global Delta LNG, LLC and Venture Global Delta Express, LLC’s (collectively referred to as Delta LNG). Delta LNG plans to construct a liquefaction facility with a capacity of 20.0 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG and a peak capacity of up to 24.0 MTPA and an LNG export terminal facility in Plaquemines Parish, La., along with an interconnected pipeline, the Delta Express Pipeline Project....
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