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United States and Panama to Sign Regional LNG Expansion Pact

Reuters reports that the United States and Panama will sign an agreement intended to expand private investment to allow greater U.S. LNG access to Latin American countries. Under the proposal, U.S. LNG supplies would be shipped to the new AES Colón LNG terminal in Panama and then distributed to countries the region.

Reuters: Trump Statement that Europe to Become Massive Buyer of U.S. LNG May Not Pan Out

Reuters reports that contrary to recent statements by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU would build more terminals to handle America’s LNG, and by President Trump that Europe would be a massive buyer of U.S. LNG, the reality is that “three-quarters of Europe’s existing import facilities lie empty while demand for U.S. LNG on the continent remains limited. ...

DOE Releases Rule to Expedite Small-Scale Gas Exports

The Hill reports that today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a final rule under which DOE “will automatically approve gas export applications if they would be at or below 51.75 billion cubic feet of exports per year and do not rise to the level of requiring an environmental review.” The rule also covers LNG exports.

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...

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).

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...

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