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Alaska LNG: APGA files intervention motion

LNG Industry,

APGA has filed a motion to intervene in opposition to an application filed by Alaskan LNG to export 20 million tpa of LNG from a liquefaction facility to be constructed in the Nikiski area of the Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska.

The LNG would be exported to both free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA countries. As of October 21, there have been over 40 LNG export applications submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE). The sum total of these applications is 41.48 billion ft3/d to FTA countries and 38.06 billion ft3/d to non-FTA countries.

In reviewing an application, the DOE is responsible for ensuring that an export application is in the public interest. By law, LNG export applications to FTA countries must be approved without modification or delay.

In its filing, APGA communicates that it is not opposing the application on its merits. Although APGA opposes the export of LNG from the Lower 48 states, APGA does not oppose the export of natural gas from Alaska given the stranded nature of Alaskan LNG.

However, the motion does express support for DOE’s new procedure, which this application seeks to bypass, in which DOE will not make a public interest determination until a National Environmental Policy Act review is completed.

A copy of APGA’s filing in this proceeding is available on the APGA website.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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