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US DOE issues LNG export approval to Jordan Cove

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The US Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, has announced the issuance of a final long-term order authorising the export of domestically produced LNG from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.

In 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally approved exports from the proposed terminal. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorised the siting, construction, and operation of the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and the related Pacific Connector Pipeline in March 2020.

“Today’s export authorisation for Jordan Cove, the first US West Coast LNG project, will ease access to further position the US as a top supplier of LNG around the world,” said Secretary Brouillette. “Today’s issuance to Jordan Cove serves to further expand opportunities for US LNG abroad, particularly in the growing markets of Asia, and encapsulates what the Trump Administration has been working hard on for the past three years – providing reliable, affordable, and cleaner-burning natural gas to our allies around the world.”

Under the order, Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P., owned by Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corporation, will have the authority to export up to 1.08 billion ft3/d of natural gas as LNG. The project’s natural gas will be sourced from both Canada and the US and will be liquefied at the Jordan Cove LNG terminal. The LNG will be exported by ocean-going vessel to any country with which the US does not have a free trade agreement and with which trade is not prohibited by US law.

“As we work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, LNG exports are going to be one of the building blocks toward the United States’ economic recovery,” said DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. “The US has exported LNG to 38 countries, with this authorisation to Jordan Cove, the United States can look to increase that number with expanded geographic coverage for LNG exports into key importing markets in Asia, providing enhanced economic opportunities both here in the US and globally.”

The US is currently in its fourth consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas, and it has quickly become one of the top global exporters of LNG. If built to its authorised capacity, the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal, including the Pacific Connector Pipeline, is expected to create over 6000 jobs during peak construction and may generate up to US$100 million in state and local tax revenue annually.

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