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DoE authorises LNG exports from Gulf LNG

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has issued an order to Gulf LNG Liquefaction Co., LLC (GLLC), approving exports of domestically produced LNG from the Gulf LNG project.

The project will be located in Jackson County, Mississippi, near Pascagoula and will be built at the site of the Gulf LNG terminal – an existing import terminal owned by Gulf LNG Energy, LLC. The project is 50% owned by Kinder Morgan’s Southern Gulf LNG Co., LLC.

Secretary Rick Perry said: “This announcement advances the Trump administration’s commitment to energy security here at home and for our friends abroad.

“Increased amounts of US LNG on the world market benefit the American economy, American workers, and consumers and help make the air cleaner around the globe.”

Under the order signed, GLLC is authorised to export up to 1.53 billion ft3/d of natural gas in the form of LNG from the proposed Gulf LNG liquefaction project. According to the statement, GLLC is authorised to export this LNG by vessel to any country with which the US does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by US law or policy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorised the company to site, construct, and operate the project on 16 July this year.

Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, said: “The US is in another year of record-setting natural gas production.

In the announcement, the DoE claims that it has approved 34.52 billion ft3/d of exports in the form of LNG and CNG to non-free trade agreement countries. Of this approved volume, approximately 14 billion ft3/d is in various stages of operation and construction, with four export projects currently operating, and two more expected to come online later this year.

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