The United States began exporting liquified natural gas (LNG) just four short years ago. In the space of time, we have become one of the top three exporters of natural gas in the world.
Trump Administration and Energy Jobs
Within the last two weeks, the Trump administration and the Department of Energy (DOE) have extended a total of ten long-term LNG export authorizations. On Oct. 21, President Trump extended seven to last until 2050. At the announcement, Dan Brouillette, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, said, “Today’s announcement is yet another example of the Trump administration’s commitment to protecting American jobs at home and promoting American energy exports abroad. During this administration, U.S. LNG exports have more than quadrupled, putting the United States among the top three LNG exporters in the world. Increased LNG exports mean more American energy production, more energy security, and more American jobs.”
The authorization holders that received long-term extensions are:
- Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC
- Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC
- Rio Grande LNG, LLC
- Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG, LP
- Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III, LLC
- Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P.
- FLNG Liquefaction, LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC, and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC
Then, on Oct. 28, the DOE extended another three export authorizations to last until 2050:
- Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass
- Corpus Christi LNG export terminals, operating in Louisiana and Texas, respectively
- Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur LNG project proposed for Port Arthur, Texas.
“Securing U.S. energy jobs and creating the potential for future growth in our energy sector is a top priority for the President’s administration,” said Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “The development and deployment of innovation in hydraulic fracturing and multidirectional drilling have catapulted the U.S. to the world’s number one producer of oil and natural gas. By extending these LNG export authorizations through 2050, DOE provides certainty to investors, industry and energy workers from Pennsylvania to the Permian, and across the nation.”