US Clears LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations


By The Maritime Executive 08-12-2015 04:52:12

The Department of Energy (DOE) has given approval to American LNG Marketing LLC to export domestic LNG to nations that do not have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the U.S.

American LNG is cleared to export up to of 0.008 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from Hialeah, Florida’s liquefaction facility for the next 20 years. The LNG will be delivered in approved ISO containers and loaded onto container ships or RoRo carriers for export at the Port of Miami.

According to American LNG, the Caribbean and Central American will be the most likely recipients of its cargo.

This marks the third time this year the DOE has granted export authority American LNG. Federal law stipulates that natural gas must be exported to countries with an FTA agreement with the U.S. unless granted export authorization by the DOE.   

In June, American LNG received export authorization to FTA nations for an 82.6 MMcf/d liquefaction project near Titusville, FL.

The approval was granted by the DOE after a review of the application forwarded by the American LNG which considered its economic, energy security, and environmental impacts.