President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and leaders of the European Union have clearly stated that additional global supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will “benefit Europe and other strategic partners.” The President has the opportunity to send a clear signal that the U.S. is committed to enhancing the collective energy security of our allies and trading partners in Europe by ordering immediate review of pending export applications for proposed LNG facilities whose comment periods have closed at the Department of Energy (DOE). Sixteen of the twenty-four export applications awaiting review fall into this category and need nothing more than DOE consideration to receive authorizations.
As seen in the map below and attached, numerous LNG import terminals are currently operating in Europe (green), with more under construction in Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Spain and Italy (red). Additional facilities are planned in Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia and elsewhere (orange). DOE’s approval of pending LNG export applications would send an immediate signal to the European gas market, helping to accelerate the construction of natural gas infrastructure.
View the infographic HERE.