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Exports of Compressed Natural Gas to Non-FTA Countries Approved

Friday, October 23, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has issued a final authorization to Emera CNG LLC to export domestically produced compressed natural gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States. Emera is authorized to volumes of CNG up to the equivalent of 0.008 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) for 20 years from its proposed facility at the port of Palm Beach, Fla., via trailers, tank containers and oceangoing carriers to any non-FTA country not prohibited by U.S. law or policy.

Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries that have an FTA with the U.S. For those that do not, 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. The DOE’s review of the economic, energy security and environmental impact of the American LNG application determined that exports at the approved level are not inconsistent with the public interest.

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