Final U.S. LNG Export Licenses Granted to Sempra & Tellurian Projects
BRUSSELS — May 2, 2019 —The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued licenses today to Sempra LNG and Tellurian Inc. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to nations that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. These non-FTA authorizations came exactly two weeks after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG project in Texas and Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana. The DOE non-FTA licenses were signed in Brussels on the margins of a business-to business LNG conference held under the auspices of the US-EU Energy Council, and organized by the European Commission, DOE, the U.S. Commercial Service, LNG Allies, and others.
Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO of LNG Allies, issued the following statement:
“Thursday, May 2, was another bright letter day for U.S. LNG. Five hundred U.S. LNG and European gas company representatives and government officials met in the main auditorium of the European Commission to discuss closer EU-U.S. LNG cooperation. In addition, DOE Secretary Rick Perry used the occasion to sign two non-FTA authorizations and thus provide tangible evidence that the Trump administration remains ‘all-in’ when it comes to U.S. LNG. Approved at a record pace, the Sempra and Tellurian licenses will enable these strong companies to finalize their commercial and financial arrangements and start building these multi-billion dollar LNG export facilities that will employ tens of thousands of Americans along the natural gas value chain.”
“Secretary Perry, and the entire Trump Administration, are strong advocates for the economic, energy security, and environmental benefits of U.S. LNG exports. Today’s signing ceremony at a conference promoting U.S. LNG in Europe is a timely reminder of the freedom that U.S. energy can bring to our allies in Europe and around the whole world.”
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LNG Allies, The U.S. LNG Association, is a nonprofit organization working to expedite and maximize LNG exports to create U.S. jobs and economic growth, enhance the energy security of America’s allies, and improve human and environmental conditions worldwide.