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FERC OKs startup of Elba Island LNG unit; 3 LNG projects to face legal battles

FERC lets Kinder Morgan companies start up Elba Island LNG unit

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed another natural gas liquefaction train to go into service at Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Elba Island LNG export terminal in Georgia as the company moves the facility toward full LNG production capacity. FERC staff gave the authorization to Kinder Morgan companies Elba Liquefaction Co. LLC and Southern LNG Co. LLC in a Dec. 30, 2019, letter order. The authorization covers moveable modular liquefaction system No. 4, one of the export terminal's proposed 10 small natural gas liquefaction systems.

Legal battles loom with objections to 3 Texas LNG projects

Three LNG export projects proposed for the area around Brownsville, Texas, and recently approved by FERC face challenges to the authorizations from a coalition of environmental groups, fishermen and other community interests. Compared to a number of other large LNG projects that recently received FERC certificates, the three Brownsville projects have encountered more robust and organized opposition over environmental and economic issues in the commission's review.

FERC lets Cheniere unit drop northern end of line to Corpus Christi terminal

Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline LP no longer requires the northernmost piece of its 48-inch-diameter pipeline designed to move natural gas between the U.S. pipeline system and the LNG export terminal of its Cheniere Energy Inc. affiliate Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, and FERC let the pipeline company delete the section from its plans. Cheniere told FERC that it no longer needs the last 1.5 miles of pipeline between the Sinton compressor station and an interconnect with the system of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.

After 2 flat months, Pa. shale gas production ticks up in October 2019

After two flat months, Pennsylvania production of shale gas ticked up slightly to nearly 19 Bcf/d in October 2019, with much of the growth coming from Greene County, south of Pittsburgh, and Tioga County in the northeast. The northeast tier of the state, home to Pennsylvania's top-producing county, Susquehanna, as well as 1 Bcf/d-plus producers such as Tioga, Bradford and Lycoming counties, continued to dominate the state's shale gas production in October 2019, according to state data.

India's GAIL to import 90 US LNG cargoes in 2020-21

India's state-owned gas utility, GAIL (India) Ltd., plans to import 90 LNG cargoes, about 5.8 million tonnes of LNG, from the U.S. in its fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. The amount is almost the same volume as the company expected to import in the current fiscal year that runs through March 2020, company officials said Dec. 30, 2019.