Praise for FERC Action Setting LNG Project Schedules
WASHINGTON — Sept. 4, 2018 — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released scheduling orders for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project applications pending before the agency. As shown in the table below, the agency has committed to completing its required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on the first 11 of 13 projects within the next eight months and all 13 reviews by early November 2019.
Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO of LNG Allies, had this reaction:
LNG Allies is very pleased that FERC has responded favorably to our request to expedite the required NEPA reviews for the LNG export project applications pending before the agency. The next wave of U.S. LNG projects face stiff competition from LNG plants proposed in Australia, Canada, Qatar, and Russia. The FERC commissioners understand the reality of the global natural gas marketplace and are doing all they can to make sure that proposed U.S. projects receive their federal permits in a timely manner. The next step is for the President to quickly nominate and the Senate to promptly confirm a fifth FERC commissioner. That will ensure that FERC can meet the relatively short LNG timelines that were just announced.
|State / LNG Export Project||Lead Sponsor||Final NEPA Date|
|LA – Calcasieu Pass||Venture Global LNG||26 Oct 2018|
|TX – Freeport LNG|
|Freeport LNG||02 Nov 2018|
|LA – Driftwood LNG||Tellurian Inc.||18 Jan 2019|
|TX – Port Arthur LNG||Sempra LNG & Midstream||31 Jan 2019|
|TX – Corpus Christi|
|Cheniere Energy||08 Feb 2019|
|TX – Texas LNG Brownsville||Texas LNG||15 Mar 2019|
|FL – Eagle LNG||Eagle LNG Partners||12 Apr 2019|
|MS – Gulf LNG Liquefaction||Kinder Morgan||17 Apr 2019|
|TX – Annova LNG||Exelon||19 Apr 2019|
|TX – Rio Grande LNG||NextDecade Corp.||26 Apr 2019|
|LA – Plaquemines LNG||Venture Global LNG||03 May 2019|
|OR – Jordan Cove LNG||Jordan Cove LNG||Jul 2019 *|
|AK – Alaska LNG||Alaska Gasline Development Corp.||08 Nov 2019|
* Dates listed for the Jordan Cove LNG project are estimates, based upon the timeline announced by FERC on Aug. 31, 2018 for issuance of a “final order” for the project by Nov. 29, 2019.