The Department of Energy has received an application from Energia Costa Azul S. de R.L. de C.V. requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced natural gas to Mexico in a volume up to 182 billion cubic feet per year and to reexport a portion of this gas as liquefied natural gas in a volume equivalent to 161 bcf/yr.

The LNG would be exported from the company’s proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facilities in Ensenada, Mexico, to countries with which the U.S. has entered into a free trade agreement requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and any other countries with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy. The company is requesting export authorization for 20 years and wants to be able to continue exporting for another three years after that “solely to export any volumes that it is unable to export during the 20-year authorization term.”

Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments on this request are due by Dec. 26.

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