The Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy will give notice in the July 1 Federal Register of the receipt of a Jan. 27 application by Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC for long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The LNG would be transported on both ocean-going LNG carriers, and in approved ISO containers to be loaded onto container vessels, 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).
Eagle LNG seeks authorization to export the LNG in a volume equivalent to approximately 49.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year (Bcf/yr) (0.14 Bcf per day). Eagle LNG proposes to export the LNG from Eagle LNG’s planned production, storage, and export facility to be constructed at a site on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.
Natural gas will be delivered to the facility by the local gas distribution utility, Peoples Gas, a TECO Energy. The facility will export LNG via vessel to foreign markets and/or distribution to specialized domestic markets. It will incorporate a truck load-out facility. Through this load-out facility, Eagle LNG will have the capability of filling ISO containers. Those containers may be transported by truck to domestic markets or to locations within the Port of Jacksonville from which ISO containers may be loaded onto container ships for delivery to both domestic and export markets.
According to Eagle LNG, when fully constructed and operational, the Jacksonville Project will have the capacity to produce the natural gas equivalent of 0.14 Bcf/d of LNG per day from three trains and include a storage tank with a capacity of 12 million gallons of LNG. The Jacksonville Project has been under development since 2013 and is currently in the pre-filing phase with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the siting and construction of the project that is expected to have its first export in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Eagle LNG requests authorization from DOE for a 20-year term to commence on the earlier of the date of first export or five years from the issuance of a final order granting export authorization. Eagle 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 this Federal Register notice.