US approves Freeport LNG for additional exports

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 Dominion’s proposed Cove Point facility in September 2013. 

Subject to environmental 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 environmental 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 interest.

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