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DOE authorises third LNG export permit

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it has conditionally authorised Lake Charles Exports LLC to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US from the Lake Charles terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Lake Charles previously received approval to export LNG from this facility to FTA countries on 22 July 22 2011. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is now conditionally authorised to export at a rate of up to 2 billion ft3/d of natural gas for a period of 20 years.

The DOE granted the first authorisation to export LNG to non-FTA countries in May 2011 from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana at a rate of up to 2.2 billion ft3/d, and the second authorisation in May 2013 from the Freeport LNG terminal in Quintana Island, Texas at a rate of up to 1.4 billion ft3/d.

The DOE conducted an extensive, careful review of the application to export LNG from the Lake Charles LNG terminal. It determined that exports from the terminal at a rate of up to 2 billion ft3/d for a period of 20 years was not inconsistent with the public interest.

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