Marine Link
Friday, October 20, 2017

FERC Approves Freeport LNG Export Project

July 31, 2014

file photo: LNG carrier

file photo: LNG carrier

U.S. federal regulators on Wednesday approved construction of Freeport LNG Development LP's liquefied natural gas export project in Texas.

Freeport is the third U.S. LNG export project to get the green light to begin construction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (FERC order:

The planned project would have the capacity to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet a day of LNG once operational.

With domestic gas production booming, U.S. companies have lined up to ship the nation's abundant shale gas abroad.

FERC approved construction of Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG export terminal in Louisiana last month.

Companies need approval from both the Energy Department, which determines whether the proposed exports would be in the public interest, and FERC, which assesses safety and environmental effects of the projects' construction and operation.

Freeport can now receive a final export permit from the Energy Department, which would allow the facility to export gas to all countries. The department issued conditional permits to Freeport last year, contingent upon the facility earning a license from FERC.

The next LNG export project likely to receive approval from FERC is Dominion Resources Inc's Cove Point facility in Maryland.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2017 - The Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News