The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has conditionally approved the permits for four liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, and its related facilities.

Three of the projects are planned to be built along the Brownsville Ship Channel in Brownsville, Texas, with a total investment of $38.75bn. The fourth project is proposed by Cheniere Energy for the expansion of currently operating facility near Corpus Christi, Texas.

The three Brownsville Ship Channel projects have been proposed by Texas LNG Brownsville, LLC; Rio Grande LNG, LLC and Rio Bravo Pipeline Company; and Annova LNG Common Infrastructure, LLC and three of its affiliates.

US FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said. “The Commission has now completed its work on applications for 11 LNG export projects in the past nine months, helping the United States expand the availability of natural gas for our global allies who need access to an efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly fuel for power generation.”

The Texas LNG Brownsville, which is being developed by a company under that same name, involves the construction of facilities capable of exporting approximately 4 million metric tons per year of natural gas as LNG.

Being developed by NextDecade, the Rio Grande LNG Terminal and associated Rio Bravo Pipeline Project will be capable of exporting 27 million metric tons per year.

Proposed by US-based utility firm Exelon, the Annova LNG Brownsville Project will have the capacity to export up to 6 million metric tons per year.

Corpus Christi Stage 3 project to add seven small LNG units

The plan proposed by Cheniere Energy under the Corpus Christi Stage 3 expansion project aims to add seven small LNG units with a total production capacity of approximately 10 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

The Corpus Christi Stage 3 will be located adjacent to the three liquefaction trains that are operating or under construction at the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.

Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed said: “These new energy projects reflect our long-term strategy and vision for the port to be a catalyst for economic growth in the Rio Grande Valley by encouraging domestic and international business investments and driving developments that create new good paying job opportunities for the region.”

The applicants will now work on making final investment decisions (FID) for the projects by as early as the first quarter of next year.

Recently, US-based energy company Williams has secured approval from the FERC for the Southeastern Trail expansion project.