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Calcasieu Pass LNG facility receives non-FTA export authorisation

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Venture Global LNG Inc. has announced that the US Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Fossil Energy has issued the authorisation for Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG to export domestically produced LNG from its export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, to non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries.

Under the terms of the order, Venture Global claims that Calcasieu Pass is authorised to export up to 620 billion ft3/yr of natural gas for a 25-year period. According to the statement, the order follows the DoE’s previous authorisations to export to FTA countries, as well a recent order by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granting authorisations under Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act to site, construct and operate the project.

Co-CEOs Bob Pender and Mike Sabel jointly stated, “We are excited that we now have all federal authorisations for our Calcasieu Pass project, and we thank the Department of Energy for their expeditious decision. We are pleased that our Calcasieu Pass buyers – Shell, BP, Edison, Galp, Repsol, and PGNiG – can now deliver our low-cost US-produced energy worldwide, and we are proud to bring the benefit of the DOE’s decision to our country and our local communities in Louisiana. We have filed our implementation plans with FERC to commence site works imminently.”

The Calcasieu Pass facility will have a nameplate capacity of 10 million tpy. It will utilise a comprehensive process solution from Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) that uses mid scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains. In the statement, Venture Global claims that it has executed an integrated turnkey EPC contract with Kiewit to design, engineer, construct, commission, test and guarantee the facility.

In addition to this, Venture Global is also in the process of developing the Plaquemines LNG export facility, which has a nameplate capacity of 20 million tpy, as well as the associated Gator Express Pipeline in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Plaquemines LNG has already signed a binding 20-year sale and purchase agreement with PGNiG.

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