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Trunkline, Gasfin File for LNG Exports
Energy Transfer’s Trunkline LNG Export LLC and Gasfin Development USA LLC have filed applications with the Department of Energy (DOE) for long-term authorizations to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Louisiana.
Trunkline LNG Export is seeking authority to export from its terminal in Lake Charles, LA, 15 million metric tons (730 Bcf) of LNG each year for a term of 25 years to the world market. Trunkline LNG Export would modify the Lake Charles terminal to include gas liquefaction capacity.
Trunkline LNG Export proposes to export the same amount of LNG from the terminal as Lake Charles Exports LLC (LCE) requested in an earlier application, the Houston-based company said. “Trunkline LNG Export’s application is non-additive…Trunkline LNG Export is seeking to expand the potential customers it does business with, but is not seeking to export any additional volumes of LNG from the Lake Charles facility.”
In August 2011, DOE approved LCE’s request to export LNG from the Lake Charles terminal, which is owned by Trunkline Co., to any country with which the United States has, or will have in the future, a free trade agreement (FTA) (see Daily GPI, Aug. 8). However, DOE set aside LCE’s request to export LNG to non-FTA countries, saying it would address the issue in a separate decision.
LCE is a venture formed by Houston-based Southern Union and BG LNG Services LLC, a subsidiary of BG Group plc. If approved, LCE and Trunkline LNG Export would export a total of 15 metric tons of LNG.
Gasfin Development, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Gasfin Development SA, has requested the authority to export up to 74 Bcf/y of LNG over a 25-year term to any nation that currently has or develops the capacity to import LNG and with which the United States has an FTA. The company said it is seeking the export authorization in conjunction with its proposal to develop, own and operate the Gasfin LNG Export Project, a mid-scale liquefaction and LNG export terminal to be sited along the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish, LA.
The project will be located near several major pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline, ANR Pipeline, Bridgeline Holdings LP, Columbia Gulf Transmission and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, and will cross multiple conventional and unconventional gas plays. “The project will have the ability to source gas from almost any point on the U.S. natural gas pipeline grid through direct physical delivery or by displacement on the spot market or pursuant to long-term supply arrangements for the account of Gasfin or third-party customers,” Gasfin said.
While it is engaged in commercial discussions with large industrial customers and utility companies in the Caribbean and Central America, Gasfin said it has not yet entered into long-term supply and long-term purchase and sale or export agreements.
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