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Jordan Cove asks FERC for new review; Transco line to Sabine Pass in service

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Jordan Cove asks FERC for new review; Transco line to Sabine Pass in service

Jordan Cove asks FERC to start new review of rejected LNG project

Jordan Cove Energy Project LP and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline are restarting the FERC process for the Jordan Cove LNG export project and associated pipeline after the commission previously rejected the Veresen Inc.-led venture in their first application.

Jordan Cove's most recent request cites 53 route modifications to accommodate stakeholder requests and a net reduction in impacts of 33.4 acres from the route analyzed in FERC's environmental assessment of the previous proposal. FERC rejected the project the first time through because of environmental and landowner impacts from Pacific Connector.

FERC on Dec. 9, 2016, denied developers' request to reconsider its initial rejection of the project, saying Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector failed to present "extraordinary circumstances" that would have justified a rehearing.

Williams confirms Transco line to Sabine Pass in service

Williams Partners LP said Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC's Gulf Trace expansion project has officially entered service, joining the Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline Co. LP and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America LLC systems in supplying natural gas to the Sabine Pass LNG LP export terminal in Louisiana.

"Williams is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected surge in LNG demand growth, with our Transco pipeline passing through every U.S. state with an LNG export facility currently under construction," Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners' Atlantic-Gulf operating area, said in a Feb. 1 news release.

LNG to help reframe global energy equation as gas gains on oil, BP says

Natural gas usage will continue to gain ground over the next two decades as global energy markets shift, BP plc said in its annual Energy Outlook.

Speaking at Columbia University's SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale said natural gas should make up more than one-quarter of the world's energy supply by 2035, surpassing coal as the second-largest energy source behind oil. Under this forecast, oil's percentage of the global energy equation, which currently sits near 33%, should drop below 30% over the next two decades.

According to the energy outlook, gas will benefit from an increase in power demand, largely in the U.S., China and the Middle East. LNG, however, could prove to be transformative.

Trump's Russia, trade stances cloud outlook for gas exports, LNG watchers say

President Donald Trump's administration is likely to bring key victories for LNG exporters, but industry observers pointed to some of his policies, including a protectionist economic platform and the potential for improved relations with Russia, as creating uncertainty for the fledgling U.S. industry.

While former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to expedite the approval process for LNG exports if confirmed to head the U.S. Department of Energy, Trump's emphasis on "America first" policies calls into question whether the administration would shift its views on natural gas exports if prices rise, panelists said at a Jan. 26 discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center.

Dominion execs talk Cove Point LNG dropdown, Atlantic Coast pipeline progress

Dominion Resources Inc. executives pointed to a drop-down of the soon-to-be-complete Dominion Cove Point LNG LP into Dominion Midstream Partners LP and progress on the Atlantic Coast pipeline project as evidence of better times beyond what will likely be a "challenging year" for the company's earnings growth.

Dominion CFO Mark McGettrick said on a fourth-quarter earnings call that the company expects to generate roughly $7 billion of cash flow by dropping Cove Point LNG into Dominion Midstream in 2018, which he said will be used at the parent level to pay down debt, increase dividends "in excess of 8% a year," invest in new growth projects and repurchase common stock.

McGettrick said earnings from the drop-down of Cove Point have not yet been discussed with Dominion Midstream's conflicts committee.

Energy World plans La. LNG terminal to serve company's Asian power plants

An Energy World International Ltd. affiliate said it is planning an $800 million LNG facility at Port Fourchon, La., that would service the company's gas-fired power plants in the Asia-Pacific region and U.S. marine demand.

"Eventually, we hope to export to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean where Energy World is separately proposing to develop [an] LNG hub terminal and gas-fired power plants consistent with our goal of delivering clean and affordable electricity to developing countries on a global platform," Stewart Elliott, chairman and CEO of Energy World Corporation Limited, said in a Jan. 31 news release.

In addition to eventually producing 2 million tons of LNG a year for export, the company would operate a separate, smaller liquefaction plant that would provide LNG to fuel offshore supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eagle LNG applies to FERC for small Fla. export terminal

Eagle LNG Partners submitted a formal application to FERC for its proposed 1-million-tonne-per-annum liquefaction and export terminal that would service Caribbean demand and the maritime industry.

Dick Brown, CEO of Eagle LNG, said in a Jan. 31 news release that the developer hopes to receive approval by the first quarter of 2018 so that the Jacksonville, Fla., project can be completed in 2019. "This project supports their tremendous desire and interest to have a cleaner energy solution that provides a direct and reliable supply of LNG from a liquefaction source at predictable cost," the statement said.

The FERC library showed an application had been submitted, but the documents were marked "privileged."