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Texas lieutenant governor urges regulators to approve Annova LNG project

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wrote a letter to FERC urging theagency to approve the Annova LNGLLC project in Brownsville, Texas.

The ExelonCorp.-led project would create 700 on-site construction jobs overfour years and 165 high-paying permanent jobs, Patrick said.

"The Annova LNG project will provide a much needed exportterminal for the abundant supply of Texas natural gas, which will prompt domesticeconomic growth," Patrick wrote ina Sept. 20 letter made public on FERC's website Sept. 28.

Exelon subsidiaries applied to FERC in July for authorization to build amedium-sized liquefaction and export facility. The project, estimated to cost$3 billion, would include six gas liquefaction trains, each with an LNG productioncapacity of 1.0 million tonnes per annum for an eventual aggregate nameplatecapacity of 6 Mtpa, with higher volumes possible.

Earlier this year, Patrick submitted a letter of support for the proposedTexas LNG LLCproject, which would also be built in Brownsville.