Details on Proposed LNG Export Facility in Texas

More details have become known about a proposed new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility to be built by Gulf Coast LNG Export. The facility, if approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, would be the country’s largest LNG exporting facility, exporting some 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to other countries.

A company that wants to build the largest facility in the nation to export American natural gas has revealed more details about its plans in a new filing with the Department of Energy.

Gulf Coast LNG Export LLC, which wants to send 2.8 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day overseas, disclosed that Michael S. Smith is a 97 percent owner and that its proposed export terminal would be located in Brownsville, Texas.

As first reported in the Tribune-Review on Dec. 28, Gulf Coast LNG Export plans to sell natural gas to any country willing to buy it and not specifically on a U.S. black list.

At that time, the DOE declined to release details about Gulf Coast LNG, saying its export application was incomplete and needed clarification.

Smith is also founder and the current CEO of Freeport LNG Development, L.P., which also wants to export a total 2.8 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per day from a Texas terminal. Smith was the founder and former chairman of Basin Exploration Co.*

*Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jan 18, 2012) – Gulf Coast LNG owner banks on Department of Energy approvals