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Study picks 6 LNG projects to survive; Cheniere OK'd for line to Sabine Pass

Study sees only 6 survivors out of list of US, Canadian LNG projects

Despite a long list of proposed LNG export projects for the U.S. and Canada, just six will likely get the OK from developers to join those that already have a final investment decision, a report from Bernstein said.

The study predicts that the proposed Lake Charles LNG and Pacific NorthWest LNG, as well as expansions at the Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, Cameron LNG, Freeport LNG Development LP and Sabine Pass LNG LP export terminals, will receive a final investment decision from their development teams. These are just a handful of the roughly 50 LNG export projects that have been identified in North America.

Most of the 50 projects will never get built, the report said. The six projects with a higher likelihood of getting the go-ahead from developers could produce an additional 47 million tonnes per annum by the early 2020s, which would account for roughly 10% of global LNG supply, according to Bernstein.

Cheniere approved to place gas line to Sabine Pass into service

Cheniere Energy Inc. companies were approved by FERC to put in service the East Meter pipe project that will provide more natural gas to the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC and Sabine Pass LNG LP said in a Jan. 17 letter to the commission requesting service permission that they had safely completed all testing on the project and the introduction of feed gas. FERC granted the request Jan. 18.

Eagle LNG says FERC application coming despite pending lawsuit

A formal FERC application for the proposed Eagle LNG export terminal is expected in the next three weeks, despite pending litigation in a Florida court, said a lawyer representing the developer.

Attorney James Bowe Jr. said in a Jan. 17 letter to FERC that he expects a challenge from a landowner adjacent to the planned site to be resolved within six to eight months. He said the litigation will not keep Eagle LNG Partners, owned by Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, from purchasing the land in Jacksonville, Fla., on which it plans to site the LNG facility.

Lloyds Energy applies to DOE to export LNG from new Texas facility

Bermuda-based Lloyds Energy Group LLC submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy to export 9 million tonnes of LNG per annum from the proposed Point Comfort LNG terminal in Calhoun County, Texas, to countries that have free trade agreements with the U.S.

The company said in its Dec. 23, 2016, application that it will also file an application to export to countries without free trade agreements with the U.S. It is looking to export LNG for 25-year terms.

Kinder Morgan to begin work on supply project for Cameron LNG

FERC approved a Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary's request to begin construction on a pipeline project that will increase natural gas transportation capacity to the Cameron LNG export terminal by up to 900,000 Dth/d.

A Jan. 12 FERC notice granted partial authorization for construction on the Southwest Louisiana Supply project. The authorization allowed construction and modification at two compressor stations and four meter stations for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project in Louisiana. A request to proceed with construction of the project's remaining infrastructure, including 2.4 miles of new pipeline lateral in Madison Parish, La., and 1.4 miles of new lateral in Richland Parish, La., must still be submitted to the commission.

NextDecade secures land in Texas for possible LNG export project

NextDecade LLC signed leases with state and city officials for a nearly 1,000-acre site near Galveston, Texas, for the possible development of a new multibillion-dollar LNG export facility.

The agreements allow the company access to Shoal Point, a site about 40 miles southeast of Houston with almost 376 acres owned by Texas City, Texas, and 618 acres managed by the Texas General Land Office, according to a Jan. 17 news release. NextDecade said it would aim to replicate much of the design and engineering work done for the proposed 27 million-tonne-per-annum Rio Grande LNG export terminal in Brownsville, Texas, which awaits FERC approval, if it moves forward with the Shoal Point project.

Avangrid affiliate approved to raise sendout capacity at Conn. LNG facility

FERC gave the OK for Total Peaking Services LLC to increase sendout capacity at an LNG facility in Milford, Conn., after the company said it expects demand to outpace capacity in the gas-hungry region by the winter 2017-2018 heating season.

Total Peaking asked FERC in September 2015 for authorization to increase the plant's regasification sendout capacity from 90 MMcf/d to 105 MMcf/d after its sole customer, CNE Peaking LLC, experienced "significant load growth due to new customer additions within its service territory." The commission on Dec. 15, 2016, approved modifications to the plant for the company to increase capacity, and on Jan. 13 issued the blanket certificate. FERC also granted the company's request to perform routine operations following the construction of associated facilities.