The US Energy Department has conditionally authorized the
Jordan Cove Energy Project
to export domestically
produced LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade
agreement (FTA) with the US, the agency announced this week.
The exports will originate from the Jordan Cove LNG terminal
in Coos Bay, Oregon.
The Jordan Cove application was next in the order of
precedence after the Energy Department conditionally
authorized the proposed Cameron LNG facility, according to
Subject to environment
al review and final
regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized
to export at a rate of up to the equivalent of 0.8 Bcf/d of
natural gas, for a period of 20 years.
Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas
exports to countries that have an FTA with the US. For
countries that do not have an FTA with the US, the Natural
Gas Act directs the Department of Energy to grant export
authorizations unless the Ddpartment finds that the proposed
exports will not be consistent with the public
Given the situation in Ukraine, this license sends a
positive signal to our allies and to energy markets that the
United States is ready to join the growing global gas
trade, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said. While
this license moves us in the right direction, I would be
strongly opposed to any pause for further study,
as some have proposed.