Gulf LNG Liquefaction LLC and LNG Development Co. LLC d/b/a Oregon LNG each applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for long-term authorization to export LNG to countries with a free trade agreement with the United States.
GLLC submitted an application May 2 to export over a 25-year period about 11.5 million tons per year of LNG - the equivalent of about 1.5 Bcf/d of domestically produced natural gas - from the Gulf LNG Energy LLC terminal in Pascagoula, Miss. (DOE Office of Fossil Energy Docket No. 12-47-LNG)
GLLC asked for the authorization on its own behalf and as agent for other parties. The company said that the application was the first of a two-part export authorization request and that it would file another application for export to non-free-trade-agreement countries.
The Gulf LNG Energy import terminal commenced service Oct. 1, 2011. GLLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf LNG Holdings Group LLC. El Paso LLC, through its subsidiary Southern Gulf LNG CO. LLC, owns a 50% interest in Gulf LNG Holdings. GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of General Electric Co., owns a 46% interest in Gulf LNG Holdings. Other investors own the remaining 4% interest.
Oregon LNG submitted its own export application to the DOE on May 3. (DOE Office of Fossil Energy Docket No. 12-48-LNG) The company asked for authorization to export 9.6 million tonnes of LNG per year - the equivalent of about 456 Bcf of natural gas per year - for a 30-year term. Oregon LNG also planned to file a second application for export to non-free-trade-agreement countries.
Oregon said it sought the authorization for its proposed Oregon LNG Bi-Directional Project. The company said it plans to ask FERC to enter the National Environmental Policy Act prefiling review process "in the near term."
"The Oregon LNG Bi-Directional Project is being developed primarily to liquefy Canadian-sourced supplies of natural gas, and to a lesser extent supplies that may be domestically produced, for export to foreign markets," Oregon LNG wrote in the application. "The Oregon LNG Bi-Directional Project will be connected to an approximately 86-mile-long interstate pipeline being developed by Oregon Pipeline, which will in turn connect to the interstate natural gas transmission system of Williams Northwest Pipeline Co."
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(Originally published May 9, 2012, in SNL Daily Gas Report.)