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APGA files comments against CNG export application

LNG Industry,

APGA has filed a motion to intervene in protest of an application by Emera CNG to export approximately 9.125 billion ft3/y of CNG by tanker to FTA and non-FTA countries from a planned natural gas compression and loading facility to be located at Palm Beach, Florida.

To date, the Department of Energy (DOE) has received over 40 applications to export domestic LNG from the US to FTA or non-FTA nations. The total export capacity applied for to date is 39.31 billion ft3/d and 35.95 billion ft3/d to FTA and non-FTA nations, respectively.

In its comments, APGA explains that the exports proposed under this application will “increase domestic natural gas prices, burdening households and jeopardising potential growth in the US manufacturing sector, as well as the nation’s transition away from more environmentally damaging fossil fuels.”

The comments also state that given DOE’s request to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to update its LNG export study to include higher export base case scenarios, the current studies which DOE bases its application review no longer provide a reliable record that permit an appropriate determination of whether a natural gas export application is in the public interest.

APGA further argues that consideration of this and other export applications should be suspended until those studies are complete. The previous EIA study used a high base case scenario of 12 billion ft3/d. On May 29, DOE requested that EIA update its study of LNG exports to include exports of 12 billion ft3/d, 16 billion ft3/d, and 20 billion ft3/d.

A copy of the comments is available on the APGA website.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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