FERC Hackberry decision will spur more US LNG terminal development

A significant shift in US regulatory policy has occurred as a result of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision late last year to allow US LNG import terminals to operate without complying with open-access requirements and to charge market-based rates.In its "Preliminary Determination on Non-Environmental Issues relating to the Hackberry LNG Terminal, L.L.C." ("Hackberry Decision"), the FERC acknowledged that LNG import terminals are actually the end point of the LNG supply chain, not the starting point of the US interstate transportation infrastructure (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageThe new "nonopen access" policy should encourage development of new LNG import t...

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