The US Energy Department has approved liquefied natural gas
(LNG) exports from the Cameron LNG project
of Sempra Energy,
officials announced on Tuesday.
The conditional approval of exports from the Louisiana
terminal to countries with which the US does not have a
free-trade agreement (FTA) is the sixth approval from the US
Cameron's application to export up to 1.7 billion cubic
feet/day raises the total of approved US LNG export project
s to approximately 8.5
billion cubic feet/day of potential capacity.
As expected, the president of the Center for Liquefied
Natural gas (CLNG) trade group welcomed the announcement.
The approval order for Cameron LNG is an incremental
victory for our economy and our workforce, industries and
trading partners," said Bill Cooper, president of CLNG.
"I congratulate Cameron LNG for reaching this important
milestone," he continued. "The pending applications in
DOEs queue represent a tremendous opportunity to grow
the US economy by unleashing billions of dollars of
investment, while creating thousands of jobs and increasing
revenues to state and local governments. By deciding those
pending applications expeditiously as DOEs rules
require, those project
s will have a chance to
compete in the international marketplace and bring dollars
back to the United States. If not, the winner will be
attrition, which really means no winner at all.
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that LNG
exports are in the public interest. We urge DOE to consider
all pending applications without delay.
The full approval can be read from the US Department of
Energy by clicking here