In the days since the Biden administration’s decision to review the process for approving more U.S. LNG export capacity, speculation has swirled about what a temporary pause of Department of Energy (DOE) authorizations means for the industry.

NGI has compiled a brief primer with answers to some of the largest questions looming over the U.S. liquefied natural gas sector following the administration’s Jan. 26 announcement.

What Happened?

DOE has said it will pause authorizations of new export authorizations while the agency reviews its policies for determining whether a project will be in the public interest. Specifically, the review freezes consideration of permits that would allow LNG developers to sell U.S. volumes to firms in countries that do not have a free trade...