Manufacturing Group Opposes LNG Export Applications
A U.S. trade group representing manufacturers with $1 trillion in annual sales has gone on record against four liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
“LNG export volumes decrease pipeline capacity that is available to U.S. consumers, because the natural gas is committed to going offshore to supply other countries, not U.S. consumers,” the Industrial Energy Consumers of American (IECA) argued in a written statement emailed Friday to Rigzone.
Washington, D.C.-based IECA reported that it has submitted comments to DOE opposing four LNG export applications. The organization claims that DOE, which authorizes LNG exports, and the LNG project developers have failed to determine whether enough gas pipeline capacity exists to serve domestic consumers as well as LNG exports. Firms submitting LNG export applications, and links to each application’s DOE docket index and IECA’s respective notices to DOE, are as follows:
- Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (application to export the equivalent of up to 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas over a two-year period on Docket No. 19-133-LNG; IECA notice to DOE)
- Cheniere Marketing, LLC and Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (application to export the equivalent of up to 108.16 Bcf of gas per year on Docket No. 19-124-LNG; ICEA notice)
- Commonwealth LNG, LLC (application to export up to the equivalent of 441.4 Bcf per year on Docket No. 19-134-LNG: ICEA notice)
- Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (application to export up to the equivalent of 152.64 Bcf per year on Docket No. 19-125-LNG: ICEA notice)
IECA noted the applications increase approved LNG export volume by 3.5 Bcf per day. The Cheniere Marketing/Corpus Christi project is on the Texas Gulf Coast. The remaining projects are in southwestern Louisiana.
“By the end of 2019, LNG exports will have reduced available pipeline capacity nearly 10 Bcf per day,” stated IECA, adding the above applications raise LNG export volumes by 3.5 Bcf per day. “At the same time, placed in service interstate natural gas pipelines have slowed. New pipeline capacity faces growing headwinds.”
IECA added that DOE has already approved LNG exports representing approximately 31.2 Bcf per day of cumulative volume. The organization stated that equates to approximately 38 percent of 2018 demand to countries with which the U.S. does not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) or 68 percent to countries that have signed FTAs with the U.S.
When reviewing LNG export applications, DOE decides whether a submission aligns with the public interest, according to the Center for LNG (CLNG) website. FTA countries automatically gain the public interest designation while non-FTA countries require further review, CLNG points out.
“The DOE-approved LNG export applications are legal commitments to export for 20 to 30 years, substantially increasing risks to the U.S. consumer,” IECA stated.
IECA noted that its membership include manufacturers at more than 3,700 U.S. facilities in the chemicals, plastics, steel, iron ore, aluminum, paper, food processing, fertilizer, insulation, glass, industrial gases, pharmaceutical, building products, automotive, brewing, independent oil refining and cement industries.
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