Archive | August, 2014

LITGAS Inks Initial LNG Deal with Statoil

On Aug. 21, UAB LITGAS (part of Lithuania’s Lietuvos Energija energy group) signed a contract with Norway’s Statoil to supply the minimum volume of LNG necessary to continuously operate Lithuania’s floating storage and regasification unit (“Independence”) that will become fully operational on Jan. 1, 2015, at the Port of Klaipėda on the Baltic Sea. Under […]

Categories: Energy Security, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania

Poland-Lithuania Interconnector Advances

On Aug. 19, the natural gas transmission system operators of Poland (GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.) and Lithuania (AB Amber Grid) submitted joint applications to the European Union for funds to plan, design, and construct the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL). The 550 km (343 mile) pipeline will run from Warsaw to Vilnius (approximately) and will have an initial […]

Categories: E.U., Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, Poland

Moniz Says Alaska LNG to Be Treated Differently

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled with Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to a stakeholders meeting in Anchorage on Aug. 18. Although the meeting was “off the record,” Moniz made some very interesting comments—especially in light of his department’s recently revised LNG export procedures—during a post-meeting news conference. As reported in the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Moniz […]

Categories: Alaska LNG, D.O.E., Export License

DOE Finalizes New LNG Export Procedures

The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) published its final procedures for the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement nations in the Federal Register on Friday, Aug. 15, making almost no changes to the draft procedures published on June 4. The essential takeaways: Conditional Approvals Eliminated. The practice of granting “conditional” approvals […]

Categories: D.O.E., DOE Queue, Export License, F.E.R.C.

EIA Releases New Gas Estimates

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) raised its estimate for domestic natural gas production in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook and made several other interesting natural gas projections: Production is expected to rise by 5.3 percent to 73.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2014, compared to 70.2 Bcf/d in 2013. Total consumption will average […]

Categories: E.I.A., Resource Estimates

How the US Can Help Enhance EU Energy Security

The American Security Project (ASP), in conjunction with LNG Allies, held an event on Wed. July 30: Beyond Rhetoric: How The U.S. Can Help Enhance European Energy Security. The 90 minute session was moderated by ASP’s Andrew Holland and featured a panel of three experts: Robin L. Dunnigan, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for […]

Categories: American Security Project, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, LNG Allies, Rice University

Two U. S. LNG Projects Gain Key Approvals

Oregon LNG Receives Conditional DOE Approval LNG Global reports: “DOE has conditionally authorized Oregon LNG to export LNG to non-FTA nations from a facility in Warrenton, Oregon. This application was next in the [DOE queue] and review was initiated before DOE issued its recent proposed procedural change. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, […]

Categories: A.P.I., D.O.E., F.E.R.C., Freeport LNG, Oregon LNG