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FERC takes steps to speed up reviews; Freeport LNG reaches deal for train 4

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FERC takes steps to speed up reviews; Freeport LNG reaches deal for train 4

FERC unveils federal agreement, new processes to speed up LNG project reviews

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took steps to speed up its reviews of natural gas liquefaction and export projects with an agreement to collaborate with a federal safety agency and the release of environmental review schedules for a dozen proposed export terminals. FERC announced the developments at a time when it has faced pressure to address a backlog of pending applications for LNG export projects from lawmakers and industry groups.

Freeport LNG reaches deal with 'foundation customer' for train 4

Freeport LNG Development LP made an agreement to support the planned fourth train of its Texas LNG export facility through an expected long-term off-take arrangement with a Japanese conglomerate described as a "foundation customer." Under the "binding heads of agreement" between subsidiaries of Freeport LNG and Sumitomo Corp., announced Sept. 5, the companies will negotiate a 20-year liquefaction tolling agreement. In the general use of the term, a heads of agreement is the first step toward a legally binding contract.

FERC OKs Kinder Morgan line to push gas to Sabine Pass LNG terminal

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the start of partial service on a new natural gas pipeline feeding Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal, as a fifth train at the facility nears completion. The Aug. 31 order cleared a Kinder Morgan Inc. pipeline unit to place in service a lateral and a connection to the Sabine Pass terminal. Documents submitted by Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC anticipated its Sabine Pass Liquefaction lateral project will be ready to provide full transportation capacity by Dec. 1.

Dominion secures $3B commitments for Cove Point term loan

Dominion Energy Inc. on Sept. 4 said it secured commitments for the $3 billion non-amortizing Cove Point term loan from more than 20 lenders. The company said it will close and fund the facility during this month.

NextDecade seeks new construction contractor for Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade Corp. launched a competitive engineering, procurement and construction bid process after agreeing with McDermott International Inc. not to execute a contract for construction on the Rio Grande LNG project in Texas. The company hopes the process, for front-end engineering and design verification, will help it maintain the project's schedule, with expected commercial operations as early as 2023.

EIA: US gas demand flat as supply climbs

U.S. natural gas consumption stayed flat during the week that ended Aug. 29 amid mixed temperatures in the Lower 48, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its Aug. 30 "Natural Gas Weekly Update."