Lake Charles LNG to request rehearing for export extension

Published: May. 2, 2023 at 3:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2023 at 7:17 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, La. (KPLC) - Lake Charles LNG plans to ask the U.S. Department of Energy for a rehearing after the company was denied an extension to begin producing LNG exports.

The current deadline to begin exporting is 2025, and the Lake Charles LNG wants it extended to 2028.

A company spokesperson said they believe the DOE made a flawed decision because Lake Charles LNG is the most advanced LNG project in the country that does not yet have a final investment decision. The spokesperson said they think the project satisfies the criteria for an extension.

The company’s statement follows:

“We plan to file a request for rehearing based on the substantial progress of this project that was not considered by DOE. We believe the Department of Energy made a flawed decision related to Lake Charles LNG as it made no effort to ascertain the actual status of the project before making its ruling. Lake Charles LNG is the most advanced LNG project in the United States that has not taken FID and we believe it satisfies the criteria for an extension of the deadline for first export of LNG. Additionally, we expect the Biden Administration to honor its promise to increase LNG exports to Europe which can only happen if new LNG projects are allowed to proceed.”