As discussed in last month’s CEEP Report, the United States has five LNG export projects that are already under construction, which could produce 68.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG when all 14 “trains” come online before the end of 2019. (Currently, only two trains are operational.) In this second of our threepart series, we discuss the U.S. LNG export projects which are at or near the end of their U.S. governmental reviews, and thus, can be characterised as “near development.” Elba Island. Kinder Morgan—one of North America’s premiere midstream oil and gas companies—is adding liquefaction capabilities to an existing modest-scale LNG import terminal, located in Savannah, Georgia. This project will have the capacity to create up to 2.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, and has received initial approval to proceed from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), one of the U.S. agencies that regulates LNG projects. In a news release (Oct. the 19th, 2016), Kinder Morgan stated that construction on the liquefaction facility would begin on Nov. the 1st, 2016, even though the FERC order remains under appeal, and a licence which has not yet been obtained (but is expected) from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to allow the export of LNG to nations that do not have free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2018, when all 10 of Shell’s Moveable Modular Liquefaction Systems are online. Lake Charles LNG. Another large U.S. midstream player—Energy Transfer—also has plans to convert an existing LNG import terminal to a bi-directional facility by adding three [...]
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