U.S. Department of Energy authorizes LNG exports from Venture Global Plaquemines project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order to Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC (Plaquemines LNG) approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Plaquemines LNG Project. The Project will be located on the Mississippi River, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana approximately 20 miles from the Port of New Orleans.
“The increase in LNG infrastructure projects in the U.S. has been astounding to watch,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Projects like Venture Global’s Plaquemines create well-paid, American jobs and have changed the game in sharing the benefits of U.S. LNG with our allies around the world. I am glad the Department is doing our part to empower the Plaquemines project and other energy infrastructure to progress quickly.”
Under the order signed today, Plaquemines LNG will have authority to export up to 3.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas as LNG from the proposed Plaquemines LNG Project. Plaquemines LNG is authorized to export this LNG by ocean-going vessel to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Plaquemines LNG to site, construct, and operate the Plaquemines LNG Project on September 30, 2019.
Including today’s announcement, DOE has approved 38.06 Bcf/d of exports in the form of LNG and compressed natural gas to non-FTA countries. Of this approved amount, approximately 15 Bcf/d of export capacity is in various stages of operation and construction across eight large-scale export projects. Among the LNG export projects currently under construction is Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass project, which recently reached a final investment decision after having received its final regulatory approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and DOE earlier this year.
The United States is the top natural gas producer in the world and is currently producing nearly 92 Bcf/d of natural gas. LNG exports from the United States recently reached 5 Bcf/d. These exports are enhancing global energy security while stimulating domestic economic development and job creation.
The continued expansion of natural gas trade is led primarily by growth in the LNG sector, which has tripled over the past 3 yr.
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GasPro 2.0: A Webcast Symposium
Following on the heels of the highly successful GasPro 2.0 Webcast Symposium in October 2018, the second GasPro Webcast Symposium 2.0 will take place on October 24, 2019.
The 2019 web event will gather experts in the fields of LNG, gas processing, and gas transport/distribution to share their operations expertise, engineering and design solutions, and technology advances and trends with our audience.
Attendees will learn about technology and operational solutions and deployments in a number of areas: plant design and expansion, construction, NGL production, optimization, sulfur removal, marine operations and separation technology.
October 24, 2019 08:30 AM CDT