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Dominion's Cove Point returns to service; Rio Grande LNG passes FERC review

Dominion's Cove Point LNG export plant returns to service

Gas flows to Dominion Energy Inc.'s Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG LP liquefied natural gas plant bounced back as the facility began a return to operation following a scheduled outage for maintenance and inspection activities. The flows that fell off to nothing on Sept. 21 climbed back on Oct. 12, when scheduled gas volumes reached about 373 MMcf/d, S&P Global Market Intelligence pipeline flow data showed. Flows on Oct. 16 were about the same volume.

NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG export project passes environmental review

NextDecade Corp.'s proposed liquefied natural gas plant and related pipeline projects in Texas cleared an environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, advancing the export venture toward a final investment decision. "This milestone brings us one step closer to achieving a final investment decision on the Rio Grande LNG project, to creating thousands of jobs in the Rio Grande Valley and communities throughout the state of Texas, and to delivering reliable energy solutions to our customers around the world," NextDecade President and CEO Matt Schatzman said in a statement.

Proposal to export gas, coal from US military bases faces major obstacles

A proposal being considered by the Trump administration to use U.S. West Coast military installations for exporting coal and liquefied natural gas would face significant bureaucratic, economic and national security obstacles before it could become a reality. Even if it cleared those obstacles, the proposal would likely fail in its aim to circumvent environmental opposition in Western states, according to numerous experts.

Exelon is confident after FERC cites impacts from trio of Texas LNG projects

Exelon Corp. expects its proposed Annova LNG plant near Brownsville, Texas, to stay on target for a final investment decision in late 2019, even after Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff found the three export ventures in the area would result in "certain significant cumulative impacts" to the environment and community. "Annova LNG expects and welcomes FERC's evaluation of the cumulative impacts associated with the three Brownsville LNG projects," project spokesman Jimmy Porch said. "As shown in our FERC application, the Annova LNG project has proposed mitigation measures in place to address environmental impacts associated with the project."

Steelhead files project plans for 'new model' of LNG export venture

Steelhead LNG filed a project description for its planned Kwispaa LNG export terminal to British Columbia and federal agencies, a milestone for a company that shelved a previous export venture. The description provided the provincial Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency an overview of the export project, which is being jointly developed by Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Total US gas consumption rises as power generation gas demand increases

U.S. natural gas consumption saw a small increase the week that ended Oct. 10 with an uptick in gas use for power generation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its Oct. 11 "Natural Gas Weekly Update."