WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the authorization of the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility and a new pipeline in Cameron Parish. These projects will create approximately 2,000 construction jobs and a $4.25 billion investment into Louisiana’s economy. The projects were stalled for the past two months, and Sen. Kennedy has been working with the FERC to get the projects approved.
Venture Global is in the process of developing additional LNG projects in Plaquemines Parish.
“The oil and natural gas industry is the bread and butter of Louisiana’s economy,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The permit approval process is just like the rest of bureaucracy: burdensome and slow. But after several months of negotiations we got these projects approved and thousands of jobs will come to Louisiana because of it. This is a big win!”
Statement from FERC Chairman Chatterjee:
“Since I joined the Commission, it’s been a priority of mine to expedite and improve our LNG terminal application review process,” said Chairman Chatterjee. “I’m extremely pleased that we are issuing the certificate order for the Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal today. This facility will have the capacity to export 12 million metric tons of US LNG per year. But even more so, I really appreciate the efforts of my colleagues to work together to come to an agreement on this facility. This is significant, as I anticipate we’ll be able to use the framework developed in this order to evaluate the other LNG certificates that the Commission is considering.”