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The arrangements come as U.S. LNG export projects are increasingly under pressure amid the continuing rout in global commodity prices.
The use of LNG and compressed natural gas — another new CNG fueling station opened Thursday in Houston — in commercial vehicles has rapidly expanded because of the nation’s cheap and bountiful supply of natural gas.
The legislation was introduced last summer by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington.
The shipment was originally secluded to depart in late January.
The shipment is among the first in a wave of liquefied natural gas projects that are coming online even as low oil prices have dragged down the value of natural gas on international markets.
The analysis, posted on the Energy Department’s website Monday, comes as U.S. regulators consider an unprecedented number of proposals to export natural gas from booming shale fields.
European gas production is down and countries there want to get more of the heating and power plant fuel from places other than Russia – a major supplier, but one that’s brought plenty of headaches.
The OK is a victory for the liquefied natural gas export facility and the Dallas-based midstream company behind it Energy Transfer.
Charif Souki said he intends to stay on Cheniere Energy Inc.’s board of directors for the time being and that the company doesn’t have the authority to remove him until at least June.
The change comes after clashes between Cheniere’s leadership and some investors over their vision for the company’s future.