ExxonMobil says that the Alaska LNG project has marked another milestone with the June 1 announcement by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that it has conditionally authorized Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) countries.
The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of LNG from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the DOE last July. Authorization to export to nations with existing FTAs with the US was previously received in November 2014. The June 1 announcement conditionally further expands the authorization to include non-FTA countries as well.
The proposed project facilities include a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile large-diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope, and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.