The American Petroleum Institute (API) has compiled a new web-based map tracking North American LNG export facility projects. API says approving the LNG sites are critical to US export goals: the proposed export terminals are a "roadmap to a lower trade deficit, more jobs, and stronger US growth."
As of 31 July 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) had approved only eight applications for permits to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement nations.
There are currently 23 pending applications, covering 21 facilities where US businesses are seeking to build and operate terminals to process LNG for sales abroad.
Each facility location on the map can be selected to see a summary of anticipated capital investments, jobs, and export volumes associated with each site, as well as an estimated value of potential exports, based on application documents. Sites are listed according to the order that the DOE expects to review each application. Geographic tags reflect the general city or county information listed on individual DOE applications. While all proposed US facilities may not be built, factors that will influence construction opportunities include competition abroad, financing, and regulatory delays.
Seven facilities in the US have already been approved by DOE (shown in red on the map). These include Cameron Parish, LA (2); Freeport, TX (2); Lake Charles, LA; Calvert County, MD; Coos Bay, OR; and Warrenton, OR.
There are four planned LNG facilities in British Columbia, Canada, shown on the map in purple. Three are in the Kitimat area: Kitimat LNG (2017 startup, 1.33 Bcf/d); BC LNG Douglas Channel (2017, 0.27 Bcf/d); Shell LNG Canada (2018, 1.33 Bcf/d); and Petronas Prince Rupert (2018, 1 Bcf/d)..
Sources: Information on the US facilities was obtained from the facility applications. Data on the international terminals came from ICF International. The basemap used is from the Esri ArcGIS online basemap gallery.
LNG Export Facilities map, compiled by the American Petroleum Institute, www.api.org
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