The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on March 6, 2018, by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. (Freeport Expansion) and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC (FLIQ4) collective FLEX4, requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of 262.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per year for 20 years to any country with which the United States does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas which currently has or in the future develops the capacity to import LNG and with which trade is not prohibited by United States law or policy.  The applicant seeks an authorization commencing on the earlier of the date of first export or seven years from the date the authorization is issued. FLEX4 proposes to export LNG from its proposed Train 4 project as the existing LNG terminal site which is currently under construction for Trains 1-3 portion of the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project located in on Quintana Island, Texas.

DOE will consider one or more of the following studies examining the cumulative impacts of exporting domestically produced LNG:

Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental documents: 

NO DATE FILED BY DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENT
1. 03/06/2018 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC  Application requesting Long-term Authorization to Export LNG to nFTA Nations
2. 05/23/2018 U.S. Department of Energy 83 FR 23909; 5/23/18 (Comments Due 7/23/18)
3. 06/12/2018 U.S. Department of Energy Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG Exports
4. 12/28/2018 U.S. Department of Energy Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG Exports:  Response to Comments Received on Study
5. 05/28/2019 U.S. Department of Energy Opinion and Order 4374 Granting Long-term Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-free Trade Agreement Nations
6. 09/19/2019 U.S. Department of Energy

F.R. Notice Notice Published 84 FR 49278; Comments Due 10/21/19: Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting LNG from the U.S.

7. 01/02/2020 U.S. Department of Energy 85 FR 72: Response to Comments on Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting LNG from the U.S.
8. 02/11/2020 U.S. Department of Energy

Published Notice 85 FR 7672: Policy Statement Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050.

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9. 07/29/2020 U.S. Department of Energy Signed Federal Register Notice Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050
10. 08/25/2020 U.S. Department of Energy 85 FR 52237 - Published Federal Register Notice Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050
11. 09/09/2020 Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC  Application to Amend Export Term for Existing Long-term Authorization through December 31, 2050
12. 09/21/2020 U.S. Department of Energy 85 FR 59297 - Published Federal Register Notice Application To Amend Export Term Through December 31, 2050, for Existing Non-Free Trade Agreement Authorization
13. 10/20/2020 U.S. Department of Energy Categorical Exclusion Determination
14. 10/22/2020 U.S. Department of Energy Order Extending Export Term for Authorizations to Free Trade and Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations through December 31, 2050
15. 12/17/2020 U.S. Department of Energy  Categorical Exclusion Determination 
16. 12/18/2020 U.S. Department of Energy Policy Statement on Including Short-Term Export Authority in Long-Term LNG Export Authorizations