DOE works on trade application for Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG project

The Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will in a June 29 Federal Register posting give notice of receipt of a Feb. 9 application by Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LLC for a long-term, multi-contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a volume equivalent to approximately 132.8 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas (0.36 Bcf/day).

Calcasieu Pass seeks authorization to export the LNG by vessel from the proposed Venture Global Calcasieu Pass Project, a natural gas liquefaction and LNG export terminal to be located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Calcasieu Pass requests authorization to export this LNG to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries).

Calcasieu Pass states that the requested export volume (132.8 Bcf/yr) is incremental and therefore additive to the volume of LNG requested for export in its two non-FTA export applications currently pending at DOE/FE.

In the current application, Calcasieu Pass requests the authorization for a 25-year term to commence on the earlier of the date of first export or seven years from the date the authorization is granted. Calcasieu Pass seeks to export this LNG on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the LNG at the time of export.

Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed within 60 days after this June 29 notice in the Federal Register.

In the application, Calcasieu Pass also requests authorization to export the same volume of LNG to any nation that currently has, or in the future may enter into, a FTA requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (FTA countries). On June 17, DOE/FE granted that request.

Calcasieu Pass also holds two other long-term FTA export authorizations from DOE/FE, originally granted to Calcasieu Pass’s predecessor, Venture Global LNG LLC (Venture Global). In a notice issued on Dec. 3, 2014, DOE/FE recognized that all rights and obligations under those orders transferred from Venture Global to Calcasieu Pass, following a corporate reorganization.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.