The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), through the Office of Fossil Energy, grants authorizations required to export domestically produced LNG. In orders issued in September 2013 and October 2014, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC received USDOE authorization to export up to twelve million (12,000,000) metric tonnes of LNG per year to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) nations over a 25-year period. Venture Global’s applications to export those same volumes of LNG to non-FTA countries are pending and expected to be approved in upon completion of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) review. View regulatory filings here.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Regulatory approvals for Calcasieu Pass will be led and coordinated principally by FERC.
On Sept. 4, 2015, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC and TransCameron Pipeline, LLC, both subsidiaries of Venture Global LNG, Inc., filed a joint application with FERC requesting authorization to site, construct and operate (i) Calcasieu Pass’s proposed natural gas liquefaction and export terminal and (ii) TransCameron Pipeline’s two proposed natural gas pipeline laterals that will connect the Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal to the U.S. natural gas grid. These developments are subject to the jurisdiction of FERC under the Natural Gas Act. FERC issued a formal notice of the applications. FERC assigned the docket numbers CP15-550 and CP15-551 to these applications.
Prior to formal filing, Venture Global submitted an initial pre-filing request with FERC on October 7, 2014. On October 10, 2014 the Commission accepted Venture Global’s pre-filing request, beginning the pre-filing review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders, facilitate interagency cooperation, and identify and resolve issues before an application is filed with the commission.
To access information regarding Venture Global’s filings and any FERC documents regarding the proposed Calcasieu Pass and TransCameron Pipeline, click here: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp and enter in the Docket # CP15-550 and CP15-551.
Regulatory Permits and Approvals
Other agencies that will be consulted include the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and various agencies of the State of Louisiana, including the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Cameron Parish Police Jury.
You can also learn more about the regulation of LNG facilities at FERC and the Office of Fossil Energy at the USDOE here: