The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted four long-term authorizations to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to nations that do not have free trade agreements (non-FTA countries) with the United States:
- Texas LNG Brownsville (Texas LNG) – 204.4 Bcf/yr (0.56 bcf/d).
- Annova LNG Common Infrastructure (Annova LNG) – 60 bcf/yr (0.99 bcf/d).
- Rio Grande LNG (NextDecade Corp.) – 1,318 Bcf/yr (3.61 bcf/d).
- Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III (Cheniere Energy) – 582.14 bcf/yr (1.59 bcf/d).
The first three projects are all located at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. The fourth project would expand Cheniere’s three-train LNG export facility at Corpus Christi, Texas.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said in a release:
The Trump Administration recognizes the importance and increasing role U.S. natural gas has in the global energy landscape. The export capacity of these four projects alone is enough LNG to supply over half of Europe’s LNG import demand. With today’s authorizations, we are paving the way for more U.S. natural gas exports to bring energy security and prosperity to our allies around the world.”
From the DOE release:
Record levels of natural gas production in the United States continue to enhance global energy security while providing domestic benefits, including infrastructure development and job creation. If built to capacity, the Rio Grande LNG project, including the connected Rio Bravo pipeline, is expected to create over 5,000 jobs during peak construction and represents infrastructure investment in excess of $15 billion. The Corpus Christi expansion is expected to create 2,400 jobs during peak construction, Texas LNG expects to employ 600 construction workers, and Annova LNG expects to employ 1,200 workers during peak construction.