The US Department of Energy announced in a statement Monday that it approved the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the state of Oregon.
Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, owned by Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corporation, now has the authority to export up to 1.08 billion cubic feet (30.6 million cubic meters) per day of LNG.
This marks the first LNG export project on the US west coast, aiming at "particularly the growing markets of Asia," the US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said in Monday's statement.
The project’s natural gas will come from both Canada and the US to be liquefied at the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. Ocean-going vessels will then export the LNG overseas.
"As we work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, LNG exports are going to be one of the building blocks toward the United States' economic recovery,” Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said in the statement.
The US has so far exported LNG to 38 countries, and is currently in its fourth consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas, according to the statement.
LNG exports from the Jordan Cove project are expected to start in 2025.
By Ovunc Kutlu