DOE seeks input on Venture Global app for LNG export approval

The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will, in the June 8 Federal Register, give notice of receipt of a March 1 application from Venture Global Plaquemines LNG LLC for long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG), up to the equivalent of 1,240 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/y) of natural gas.

Plaquemines LNG requested authority to export this LNG to any country which has, or in future develops, the capacity to import LNG via ocean-going carriers, 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).

Plaquemines LNG seeks authorization to export this LNG for a 25-year term commencing on the earlier of the date of first export or seven years from the date the authorization is issued. Plaquemines LNG proposes to conduct its export operations from the Plaquemines LNG Project, a planned natural gas liquefaction and LNG export terminal to be located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, near river mile marker 55, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Plaquemines LNG 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 the June 8 publication in the Federal Register.

Plaquemines LNG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Venture Global LNG Inc. Venture Global LNG plans to be a long-term, low-cost producer of LNG, capitalizing on low-cost natural gas production in the U.S. Venture Global LNG’s strategy utilizes an innovative and highly efficient mid-scale LNG liquefaction with electrically-driven, modular technology in base load units.

The project will consist of twenty integrated pre-cooled single mixed refrigerant (SMR) blocks, four 200,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, three marine loading berths for oceangoing vessels within a common berthing area, and on-site electric power generation. Each of the LNG blocks has a nameplate liquefaction capacity of approximately 1 MTPA and is composed of two liquefaction units powered by electric motors, including an integrated heavy hydrocarbon removal process, and two mixed refrigeration cycles (with each cycle consisting of a two stage mixed refrigerant compressor, a cold box, air cooled exchangers, liquid separators, and a suction scrubber).

Plaquemines LNG proposes to construct its project in two Phases. Phase 1 will include ten of the LNG blocks (for aggregate nameplace capacity of 10 MTPA), two LNG storage tanks, two marine loading berths for ocean-going vessels, and on-site power generation. Phase 2, which will be constructed subject to sufficient market demand for LNG, will add the second ten LNG blocks (for another 10 MTPA of nameplate capacity), two additional LNG storage tanks, a third marine loading berth for ocean-going vessels and additional on-site power generation.

All of the proposed facilities are described in more detail in the draft of Resource Report 1 filed by Plaquemines LNG with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its Docket No. PF15-27 on Nov. 17, 2015. Plaquemines LNG has included both phases of its project in its FERC pre-filing proceeding and will include both phases in the subsequent formal FERC application.

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