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DOE Grants NatGas Import, Export Authorizations to Canada and Mexico

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy granted nine authorizations last month for companies to both import and export natural gas to Canada and Mexico via pipeline for up to two years, while also vacating three similar authorizations.

According to Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register, the DOE issued 12 orders in total under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. Of those, four are blanket authorizations for companies to import and export natural gas to Canada via pipeline.

Binghamton, NY-based New York State Electric & Gas Co. was given authorization to import and export up to a combined total of 100 Bcf (Order No. 4175), while Boise, ID-based IGI Resources Inc. was granted a 600 Bcf limit (No. 4176). Meanwhile, Canada's Energy Source Natural Gas Inc., which is based in Guelph, Ontario, was given permission to import and export up to a combined total of 1 Bcf (No. 4177) and Greene, NY-based Empire Natural Gas Corp. was given a 4 Bcf limit (No. 4179).

Vancouver, Canada-based Powerex Corp. and Stamford, CT-based Engelhart CTP (US) LLC each were given blanket authorizations to both import and export natural gas from and to Canada and Mexico. The DOE set a combined total limit of 130 Bcf for Powerex (No. 4173) and 1,460 Bcf for Engelhart (No. 4180).

Under the three remaining orders, Houston-based Santa Fe Gas LLC was granted a blanket authorization to import and export up to a combined total of 365 Bcf from and to Mexico (No. 4171). Midland, TX-based West Texas Gas Inc. was given permission to export up to 50 Bcf via pipeline to Mexico (No. 4172), and Houston-based Spark Energy Gas LLC was granted permission to import up to 2 Bcf from Canada (No. 4174).

Three authorizations were vacated. In November 2016, Powerex had been granted authorization to import and export up to combined total of 60 Bcf from and to Canada and Mexico. The company requested that the DOE vacate its existing authorization last March.

Spark Energy was given permission to import up to 1.22 Bcf from Canada in October 2016, but the company asked the DOE to vacate the order last April. The department had also granted, in April 2017, permission for Noble Americas Gas & Power Corp. to import and export up to a combined total of 400 Bcf from and to Canada and Mexico. The company last month notified the DOE that it no longer needed the authorization.

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