On April 21, 2023, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Policy Statement for issuance in the Federal Register reaffirming the seven-year deadline for authorization holders to commence exports of domestically produced natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries set forth in long-term authorizations issued under the Natural Gas Act. This Policy Statement was published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2023. For existing and future non-FTA authorizations for the export of LNG, DOE will allow authorizations to expire on the export commencement deadline originally set forth in the order and will not consider an application for an extension, unless the authorization holder demonstrates both that: (i) it has physically commenced construction on the associated export facility, and (ii) its inability to comply with the existing export commencement deadline is the result of extenuating circumstances outside of its control.  Authorization holders unable to make this demonstration may submit a new non-FTA application, which will be considered without prejudice.  This policy will increase transparency for non-FTA authorization holders and pending applicants who have not yet commenced exports, while providing greater certainty about DOE’s approvals for the LNG export market.   

                  Current Export Commencement Deadlines in Long-Term Non-FTA Orders

                                                              (as of December 11, 2023)

The export commencement deadline for each existing long-term non-FTA order is identified below.  The list does not include authorizations for small-scale exports of natural gas.

* indicates an extended export commencement deadline, approved under the corresponding DOE order.

Docket No. Order No. Date Issued Authorization Holder(s) Current Export Commencement Deadline
14-179-LNG37682/5/2016Pieridae Energy (USA) Ltd.


(Under DOE Review)

13-147-LNG40286/1/2017Delfin LNG LLC6/1/2024
12-156-LNG3978-C4/25/2017, as amendedGolden Pass LNG Terminal LLC9/30/2025*
18-70-LNG431212/14/2018Mexico Pacific Limited LLC12/14/2025
11-59-LNG3324-C7/29/2016, as amendedLake Charles Exports, LLC12/16/2025*
13-04-LNG3868-B7/29/2016, as amendedLake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC12/16/2025*
16-109-LNG4010-B6/29/2017, as amendedLake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC12/16/2025*
16-110-LNG4011-B6/29/2017, as amendedLake Charles Exports, LLC12/16/2025*
18-144-LNG43643/29/2019ECA Liquefaction, S. de R.L. de C.V. (Mid-Scale Project)3/29/2026
18-145-LNG43653/29/2019Energía Costa Azul, S. de R.L. de C.V. (Large-Scale Project)3/29/2026
16-144-LNG43735/2/2019Driftwood LNG LLC5/2/2026
15-90-LNG3846-A7/15/2016, as amendedCameron LNG, LLC (Expansion Project)5/5/2026*
18-26-LNG43745/28/2019Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction 4, LLC (Train 4 Project)5/28/2026
12-101-LNG44107/31/2019Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC7/31/2026
16-28-LNG444610/16/2019Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC10/16/2026
15-62-LNG44892/10/2020Texas LNG Brownsville LLC2/10/2027
18-78-LNG44902/10/2020Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (Stage 3 Project)2/10/2027
15-190-LNG44922/10/2020Rio Grande LNG, LLC2/10/2027
20-31-LNG462912/8/2020Epcilon LNG LLC12/8/2027
15-96-LNG4372-B5/2/2019, as amendedPort Arthur LNG, LLC6/18/2028*
20-153-LNG492912/20/2022Vista Pacifico LNG, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (Mid-Scale Project)12/20/2029
14-96-LNG3643-A8/20/2020Alaska LNG Project LLC8/20/2032