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Louisiana LNG Terminal Seeks Additional Export Capacity OK

Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LLC has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for authority to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) equivalent to 132.8 Bcf per year from its planned terminal in Cameron Parish, LA. The volume is additive to that in previous applications for a total of 620 Bcf per year.

The company wants to export to free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA countries. In two previous applications, Venture Global sought permission to export 487.2 Bcf per year, equivalent to about 10 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). However, after some design work, the company determined that the facility would be capable of exporting 12 mtpa.

"...[T]hrough the combination of the three related applications, Calcasieu Pass requests authorization to export up to a total of 620 Bcf per year, or the equivalent (with assumed lean gas supplies) of 12 mtpa, from the project," Venture Global told DOE in its filing [15-25-LNG].

Natural gas to be liquefied for export would be sourced domestically over the U.S. pipeline grid from conventional and unconventional plays. The liquefaction terminal would be near pipelines operated by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., ANR Pipeline Co., Bridgeline Holdings LP, Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America (see Daily GPI, Dec. 10, 2014; Oct. 22, 2013).

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