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Exports of Natural Gas to Non-FTA Countries Approved from Maryland Facility

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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The Department of Energy announced Sept. 11 that, subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, it has authorized the exportation of domestically produced liquefied natural gas from the Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal in Calvert County, Md., to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. This facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day for 20 years. Dominion Cove Point previously received approval to export LNG from this facility to FTA countries in October 2011.

Federal law generally requires DOE approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the U.S. For those that don’t, the Natural Gas Act directs the DOE to grant export authorizations unless it finds that the proposed exports “will not be consistent with the public interest.”

There are likely to be more export authorizations in light of the ongoing increase in domestic natural gas production. The DOE states that it will continue to process pending export applications on a case-by-case basis and that it will continue to monitor any market developments and assess their impact in subsequent public interest determinations as further information becomes available. Click here for more information on the DOE process and related legislation introduced this year in the Senate.

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