US LNG Export Approval Process and Project Implications

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Report summary

In Q3 2011 the US Department of Energy (DOE) pressed the pause button on processing of LNG export licence applications to countries with which the US does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and undertook two studies to examine the potential implications of future LNG exports from the US. This triggered numerous public statements and lobbying by politicians/interest groups plus speculation by industry players on how the DOE might handle the applications piling up on its desk.

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Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • Non-FTA export licences
    • FERC permits
    • FERC permitting: status and expected progress of projects
    • Export licencing: Possible approaches DOE could adopt and their implications on projects
    • Additional regulation-related factors that could influence outcomes
    • Project winners under select scenarios
  • Conclusions
    • Stages in the FERC review
    • Details of the FERC Review

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This report includes 3 images and tables including:


  • Table 1: US LNG Export Project Progress
  • Table 2: US LNG Export FID Competition


  • Figure 1: Export Licence Applications, FERC Status and DOE Processing Order

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