The US Energy Department announced Friday that it has
conditionally authorized the Freeport LNG group to export
additional volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries
that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the US from
the group's terminal in Quintana Island, Texas.
Freeport previously received approval to export 1.4 billion
cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcf/d) of LNG from this
facility to non-FTA countries on May 17, 2013.
The Freeport application was next in the order of precedence
after the Energy Department conditionally authorized
Dominions proposed Cove Point facility in September
Subject to environment
al review and final
regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized
to export an additional 0.4 Bcf/d, for a total rate of up to
1.8 Bcf/d, for a period of 20 years.
The Energy Department said it conducted an extensive, careful
review of Freeport LNG's latest export application. Among
other factors, the Department considered the economic, energy
security, and environment
al impacts -- as well
as public comments for and against the application and nearly
200,000 public comments related to the associated analysis of
the cumulative impacts of increased LNG exports.
The Department said it then determined that additional volume
of exports from the terminal at a rate of up to 0.4 Bcf/d for
a period of 20 years was not inconsistent with the public