Cameron LNG seeks latest export approval out of Louisiana project

The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will in the June 23 Federal Register give notice of receipt of a Feb. 19 application by Cameron LNG LLC for blanket authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of 254 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas on a cumulative basis over a two-year period effective as of the commencement of export of commissioning volumes, estimated to be the fourth quarter of 2017, but no later than six months thereafter.

The LNG would be exported from the Cameron Terminal located in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes, Louisiana, to any country with the capacity to import LNG in ocean-going carriers and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy, including both countries with which the United States has entered into a free trade agreement providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas (FTA countries) and other countries (non-FTA countries).

To date, Cameron LNG has been granted five long-term, multi-contract authorizations from DOE/FE to export LNG: in a volume equivalent to 620 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to FTA countries, for a 20-year term; in a volume equivalent to 620 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to non-FTA countries, for a 20-year term; in a volume equivalent to 152 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to FTA countries, for a 20-year term; in a volume equivalent to 152 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to non-FTA countries, for a 20-year term; and in a volume equivalent to 515 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to FTA countries, for a 20-year term.

Cameron LNG also has submitted a pending application to export LNG in a volume equivalent to 515 Bcf per year of natural gas from the Cameron Terminal to non-FTA countries, for a 20-year term.

Cameron LNG states that, in anticipation of the start of liquefaction operations at the Cameron Terminal, it requests this blanket authorization to engage in short-term exports of LNG produced before the commencement of long-term commercial exports of domestically sourced LNG as approved in those other applications.

Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed within 30 days after this Federal Register notice.

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