The US Energy Department has authorised a firm in Florida to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The license allows American LNG Marketing LLC (American LNG) to export to countries which do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US.
Federal law generally requires approval of natural gas exports to countries which have an FTA with the US.
For countries which do not have an FTA with the US, the Natural Gas Act directs the Department of Energy to grant export authorisations unless the proposed exports “will not be consistent with the public interest”.
The company will be allowed to export up to the equivalent of 0.008 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas.
The consent is for a period of 20 years from the facility located near Medley, in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The increase in domestic natural gas production is expected to continue, with the Energy Information Administration forecasting a record average production rate of 79.06 Bcf/d in 2015.