Moniz urged to next approve Jordan Cove LNG export permit

US Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and 11 other members of the 113th Congress from Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming urged US Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to approve the application of a proposed LNG export terminal on Oregon’s coast next.

“West Coast LNG export facilities, such as Jordan Cove, would provide Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and Indian tribes such as the Ute Indian tribe direct access to international markets,” the three senators and eight House members said in their Nov. 12 letter. “Specifically, Jordan Cove would allow gas shipped on the Ruby pipeline to be exported to Asian markets.”

Veresen Inc., a Calgary-based energy infrastructure investment company that already owns gas and NGL pipelines and electric power plants, has proposed building a terminal at Coos Bay, which would export as much as 1.2 bcfd of gas. A nearby gas-fired power plant would have up to 420 Mw of generating capacity.

The project is currently No. 3 in the queue seeking approval to export US gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US. DOE bases its decision in each case on whether the exports would be in the US national interest.

In addition to Barrasso, US Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Scott R. Tipton (R-Colo.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Chris Stewart (R-Utah) signed the letter.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com

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