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AltaGas’s Proposed Floating Liquefaction Facility Facing C$100 Million Customs Duty

AltaGas Ltd., one of the sponsors of the proposed Douglas Channel LNG export terminal at Kitimat, British Columbia, is delaying a final investment decision on the project pending the outcome of an appeal of a C$100 million federal customs duty imposed on a floating liquefaction plant that one of its partners, Belgium’s Exmar NV, is building for the project.  According to a Business in...

Joining TPP Could Ease Japan’s Access to U.S. LNG Supplies

An article in The Japan Times states that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe favors Japan entering into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations with the United States. The Trans-Pacific agreement currently being negotiated would govern trade relations among eleven nations in Asia and the Americas. According to the article, joining the TPP talks could ease Japan’s...

Some Experts Say U.S. Limits on LNG Exports Would Violate WTO Rules

According to sources cited in a Reuters article, U.S. government restrictions on LNG exports would be hypocritical and would violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

DOE Denies Sierra Club’s Rehearing and Stay Request re Sabine Pass LNG Export Authorization

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order denying Sierra Club’s request for rehearing and stay of DOE’s Final Opinion and Order, which granted Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC’s application to export LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to countries without a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. DOE reaffirmed its denial of Sierra...

New Mexico’s Governor Files Comments Supporting LNG Exports

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Chu in support of LNG exports and, citing employment, investment and balance of trade benefits, urged DOE to approve the pending LNG export applications.

Japanese Companies File Comments at DOE in Support of U.S. LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations

The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan and Japanese utilities Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric filed comments at the U.S. Department of Energy in support of U.S. LNG exports to countries without a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. These and other comments on DOE’s report on the macroeconomic effects of U.S. LNG exports are available on DOE’s...

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