Waller LNG Services LLC has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for authorization to export liquefied U.S. gas to free trade agreement (FTA) countries from its Waller Point LNG terminal, now under development at the entrance of the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron Parish, LA.

Waller is seeking multi-contract authorization for a 25-year term to export about 1.25 million metric tons a year (58.4 Bcf) of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is about 0.16 Bcf/d.

“Waller Point LNG has not yet finalized and executed any long-term gas supply or long-term export contracts in conjunction with the LNG export authorization requested herein,” it said in its application [12-152-LNG], which was filed Friday. “Waller Point LNG currently is engaged in commercial discussions with certain domestic as well as foreign off-takers to obtain all the available liquefaction capacity at the Waller Point LNG Terminal…Waller Point LNG, through its developer, Waller Marine [Inc.], will commence negotiations with certain natural gas suppliers for transportation capacity and the required lateral pipeline to be constructed once commercial discussions…progress.”

Waller said it expects the facility to be connected to multiple interstate and Louisiana intrastate pipelines. “In addition to traditional production, emerging supply areas, such as the Barnett, Haynesville and Bossier shale gas formations, represent attractive additional sources of supply,” the company said.

Last Friday DOE updated the list of applications that it has received to export liquefied domestic gas from the Lower 48 states. Including Waller’s application, the volume represented by FTA applications is 27.58 Bcf/d. The volume represented by non-FTA applications is 21.06 Bcf/d.

Eighteen would-be exporters are represented on the list. All but five have been approved to export to FTA countries; FTA applications of the remaining five, including Waller, are pending. All but four of the 18 are seeking authorization to export to non-FTA countries. Only Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC has received non-FTA export authorization as DOE is weighing the market impact of exports before approving additional non-FTA exports (see Daily GPI, Sept. 26).

Based on export volume requested (0.16 Bcf/d), Waller’s project is the third smallest on DOE’s list, slightly larger than SB Power Solutions Inc., which wants to export 0.07 Bcf/d to FTA countries; and Carib Energy (USA) LLC, which wants to export a combined 0.04 Bcf/d to FTA and non-FTA countries.

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