SCT&E LNG submits non-FTA export application
SCT&E LNG, a subsidiary of Southern California Telephone & Energy, submitted an application seeking long-term, multi-contract authorization to the Department of Energy (DOE) for exportation up to 12 mtpa of domestically produced LNG, or an equivalent 1.62 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, to countries that do not have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the United States.
Earlier this month, SCT&E LNG filed an application with the DOE for exportation of 12 mtpa of liquefied natural gas to countries with Free Trade Agreements. The request for exportation of 12 mtpa of LNG to non-FTA countries is non-additive, so the SCT&E LNG terminal will export up to a total of 12 mtpa. The requested authorization would, however, allow SCT&E LNG to export LNG to any nation that can or will be able to import LNG via oceangoing vessel and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy.
The SCT&E LNG project site is located fewer than three miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, making it an ideal location to export domestically produced LNG to FTA countries, such as Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as non-FTA countries, like Japan and China, through the Panama Canal. Additionally, the Gulf Coast is an excellent location for exportation to European countries.