Application to Extend Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-free Trade Agreement Countries

by | Apr 28, 2020

The firm Energy Transfer has asked the Department of Energy to extend its authorization to proceed with the construction of a large liquefied natural gas export terminal in St. Charles, Louisiana. Shell exited the project in late March, citing low oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic. The current authorization, which allows for the export of LNG to non-free trade agreement countries, will expire in 2023 if the facility is not operating. An extension would buy the company two more years to finish construction and begin exporting LNG. Status: Application filed April 3, 2020.

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