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US senator applauds Cameron LNG approval

LNG Industry,

US Senator Lisa Murkowski, has commended Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for continuing to process the backlog of applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US.

Murkowski commented: “Secretary Moniz and the Department of Energy have taken a judicious approach to the consideration of these applications. This progress is welcome but we cannot afford to pause or delay consideration of the remaining outstanding applications.”

Sixth LNG approval

Earlier this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) approved a license for the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana to expand its export of LNG up to 1.7 billion ft3/d to non-FTA countries. This marks the sixth approval since 2011, however there are still currently 20 export applications pending before the department.

“The Department of Energy has once again confirmed the economic and geopolitical benefits of exporting liquefied natural gas to our allies overseas. Given the positive impacts on job creation, trade, and economic growth, the Obama administration must continue to improve the nation’s export capacity. Too much is at stake for parochial politics to triumph over the common good,” Murkowski added.

America vs. Canada

In August 2013, Murkowski released The Narrowing Window: America’s Opportunity to Join the Global Gas Trade, a white paper outlining her support for exporting LNG to non-FTA countries. Since then, the DOE has issued four LNG export licenses for 4.9 billion ft3/d.

In comparison, Canada issued four LNG export licenses for nearly 10 billion ft3/d in December 2013 alone.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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