Fourchon LNG LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on August 17, 2017, by Fourchon LNG LLC (Fourchon LNG), requesting long- term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a volume equivalent to 260 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year. Fourchon LNG seeks authorization to export this LNG from a proposed natural gas liquefaction facility to be located on Port Fourchon at Belle Pass in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (Facility). Fourchon LNG proposes to site, construct, own, and operate this Facility with a peak capacity of approximately five million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The Facility will be developed in phases, with the first phase expected to have a capacity of two mtpa, to be followed by the remaining LNG trains as demand develops, each of which will have a capacity of 0.5 mtpa. Fourchon LNG requests authorization to export this LNG to countries with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy, including both countries with which the United States has entered into a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas (FTA countries) and all other countries (non- FTA countries). Fourchon LNG requests the non-FTA authorization for a term of 20 years, to commence on the date of first export following the commencement of operations or seven years from the date of a final order granting export authorization, whichever is first. Fourchon LNG is requesting this authorization on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the natural gas at the time of export. Fourchon LNG filed the Application under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in Fourchon LNG's Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at https://www.energy.gov/ fe/downloads/fourchon-lng-llc-fe-dkt-no-17-105-lng. Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.