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$10B Golden Pass project approved; fledgling Tellurian ropes in Total

FERC approves $10B Golden Pass LNG project in Texas

FERC granted authorization to Golden Pass Products LLC to build and operate the approximately $10 billion, 15.6 million-tonnes-per-annum LNG export terminal near Sabine Pass, Texas.

In the same Dec. 21 order, FERC also authorized affiliate Golden Pass Pipeline LLC to build a related natural gas pipeline expansion project that will make the system bidirectional and will allow it to move up to 2.5 Bcf/d of gas to the export terminal.

Infusion from giant Total to help fledgling Tellurian secure 1st LNG project

The massive balance sheet of Total SA should help Tellurian Investments Inc. when it comes time to nail down financing for the proposed 26 million-tonnes-per-annum Driftwood LNG liquefaction and export terminal, analysts said.

Total and Tellurian said Dec. 20 in a joint statement that Total will buy a 23% stake in Tellurian for $207 million to help secure U.S. natural gas supply and deliver LNG from the Driftwood LNG terminal proposed for Calcasieu Parish, La. Cheniere Energy Inc. founder and ex-CEO Charif Souki started Tellurian with Martin Houston, the former CEO of Parallax Enterprises LLC, after billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn ousted Souki from his role at Cheniere in December 2015.

Elba Island LNG gets federal authorization to export widely

Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Elba Island LNG project, under construction near Savannah, Ga., received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export 0.36 Bcf/d of natural gas to countries with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement.

The Dec. 16 order from the Energy Department came after FERC denied on Dec. 9 a request by the Sierra Club to rehear the commission's authorization to construct and operate the $2 billion, 0.35 Bcf/d liquefaction and export facility. The project already had Energy's permission to export up to 0.5 Bcf/d to FTA countries. (DOE docket 12-100-LNG)

KMI/Southern JV cleared to use compressor in project to feed Elba Island LNG

FERC cleared Kinder Morgan Inc. and Southern Co.'s gas pipeline joint venture to put in service a compressor that was moved to Liberty County, Ga., as the developers bring online a pipeline expansion that will serve the Elba Island LNG export terminal.

In a Dec. 16 order, FERC authorized Southern Natural Gas Co. LLC to place into service its 4,700-horsepower Riceboro compressor unit, after the compressor engine was relocated from the Toca station in St. Bernard Parish, La. The relocation is part of the company's Zone 3 expansion project, which includes the construction and abandonment of pipeline, meter and compressor facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.

Seeking fast track to export, LNG industry likes sound of Energy Secretary Perry

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Department of Energy could be in a position to help U.S. LNG exports, including streamlining the agency's approval process, a number of industry advocates said.

Trump on Dec. 14 formally announced his selection of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who would bring to the office a history of supporting domestic oil and natural gas growth. While FERC is responsible for the permitting of LNG projects, it is the Energy Department that approves the liquid fuel to be shipped overseas.

Jordan Cove LNG to refile application after FERC denies rehearing

The developers of the Jordan Cove LNG export project plan to refile their FERC application after they design a more efficient facility, following a decision in which the commission denied a second chance for the original project.

In a Dec. 15 news release, Jordan Cove Energy Project LP said it intends to resubmit an application for a design that no longer includes a power plant. The original plan included a power plant that was outside FERC jurisdiction and subject to Oregon state approval.

Boardwalk's Gulf South gets OK to start building 1.42-Bcf/d line to Freeport LNG

FERC gave Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP the go-ahead to start construction on a project to deliver natural gas to Freeport LNG Development LP's export terminal under development in Brazoria County, Texas.

The Coastal Bend Header project was approved by FERC on June 20 and is designed to transport up to 1.42 Bcf/d to the liquefaction and export terminal on Quintana Island.