FERC approves 7th U.S. LNG export terminal

FERC on Thursday gave its approval to construction of another U.S. liquefied natural gas export terminal. The agency backed the facility that would be operated by Energy Transfer’s Lake Charles LNG Co. and Trunkline Gas Co. in Louisiana.

The companies sought approval in March 2014. The new export terminal will be built adjacent to the existing Lake Charles LNG import terminal in Calcasieu Parish, LA. The Dept. of Energy already has approved the facility for free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA exports.

The Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana.
The Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana.

The Lake Charles plant is the seventh U.S. export terminal approved by FERC. The first, Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility, is expected to ship its first cargo in January 2016. Four other terminals are under construction. A second Sabine Pass facility also has been approved and awaits construction.

The planned Lake Charles export facility would include three liquefaction trains with combined capacity of 16.45 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG. The capacity would be phased in, with the first train expected online in 2Q2019. The second and third trains would come online in 4Q2019 and 2Q2020, respectively.