U.S. Energy Department authorizes Sabine Pass Liquefaction to export LNG to non-FTA countries
The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday announced it has issued a final authorization for Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC’s expansion project to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that don’t have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S.
Sabine Pass, located in Cameron Parish, La., now is authorized to export up to 1.38 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of additional liquefied natural gas for a 20-year period.
In 2012, Sabine Pass Liquefaction was authorized to export LNG up to 2.2 Bcf/d of natural gas for 20 years. With this most recent authorization, Sabine Pass Liquefaction now is authorized to export up to 3.58 Bcf/d of natural gas for 20 years.
Federal law requires approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the U.S. For countries that don’t have an FTA with America, the federal Natural Gas Act directs the Department of Energy to grant export authorizations unless the Department finds that the proposed exports “will not be consistent with the public interest.”
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