The Department of Energy conditionally approved Lake Charles LLC’s application to export LNG to countries that do not have free trade agreements (FTA) with the U.S. Lake Charles Exports is a jointly owned subsidiary of BG Group plc, and Southern Union Co. (SUG), a joint venture owned by Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners LP.
The project calls for the construction of three liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 15 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG per annum, along with the use of existing LNG storage and marine berthing facilities.
BG Group has exclusive rights to the full export capacity on a tolling basis and will oversee the design and construction management of the potential project. Trunkline Gas Co. LLC will provide BG Group with pipeline transportation for the potential project’s upstream natural gas requirements. Pending final investment decisions from Energy Transfer and BG Group, Energy Transfer will complete financing for the potential project and begin construction in mid-2015, with an anticipated project in-service date in mid-2019. Lake Charles Exports had received approval to export LNG to FTA countries on July 22. 2011.