The US Energy Department has renewed ConocoPhillips' permit
to export LNG from Alaska to all countries, news reports said
With the latest permit, ConocoPhillips is allowed to export
up to 40 billion cubic feet of LNG from Alaska's Kenai
terminal over the next two years.
The prior ConocoPhillips permit for the terminal lapsed in
March 2013 amid concerns about falling gas production in the
Cook Inlet region, Reuters reported.
But last September, Alaska's Department of Natural Resources
asked ConocoPhillips to resume LNG exports, thereby
supporting local gas production and providing supply security
in the region.
"[The] announcement by DOE ... highlights the growth that's
occurring in Cook Inlet, where there is now ample gas supply
to both meet local needs and help out our friends overseas,"
said Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the top Republican on
the Senate energy committee.
Japan has historically been the main buyer of Alaskan LNG.
Unlike other gas-export proposals around the US, Alaskan gas
exports are not usually controversial because the state's
geographic isolation means that most of its gas was already
going to other countries.