Today the U.S. Department of Energy issued an order authorizing Golden Pass Products LLC (Golden Pass) to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States. Golden Pass is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 808 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year (2.21 Bcf/day) of natural gas to any non-free trade country not prohibited by U.S. law or policy from the Golden Pass Terminal near Sabine Pass, in Jefferson County, Texas.
Golden Pass has requested authorization from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct, modify, and operate an export project and pipeline expansion project in Texas and Louisiana with three liquefaction trains. Each train with a liquefaction capacity of 5.2 mtpa of LNG, for a total liquefaction capacity of 15.6 mtpa.
The Golden Pass LNG Terminal is a joint venture formed by affiliates of Qatar Petroleum (70%), ExxonMobil (17.6%) and ConocoPhillips (12.4%).
With the issuance of this order, the U.S. Department of Energy has now issued final non-free trade authorizations in a cumulative volume of exports totaling 19.2 Bcf/d of natural gas, or 7.01 trillion cubic feet per year, for the 25 final authorizations issued to date.