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DOE Releases U.S. LNG Export Data for June 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released data on U.S. LNG exports covering year to date through June 2018. The data shows the following LNG export shipments from the Dominion Energy Cove Point Terminal in Lusby, Md., which began LNG exporting in March 2018: six shipments to Japan, two each to Jordan and Kuwait, and one each to Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Pakistan,...

NextDecade Sells $50 Million in Convertible Stock

NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) announced that it has agreed to sell $50 million of convertible preferred stock: $35 million worth to HGC NEXT INV, LLC and $15 million worth to funds and accounts managed by each of York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC and its affiliates, Valinor Management, L.P., and Halcyon Capital Management LP.  According to the press release, NextDecade...

FERC and PHMSA to Sign MOU to Expedite LNG Facility Permitting

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and FERC announced last week that they “have agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would refine and reduce the permit application review process for proposed LNG facilities. . . . The MOU will clarify each agency’s respective role in the permitting process for...

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...

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...

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...

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