The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has created a new division to accommodate the increasing number of new LNG export terminal applications.
The new division, LNG facility review and inspection, will sit in its Office of Energy Projects and will comprise 20 existing LNG staff members and eight additional full-time staffers and will be based in Houston.
FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee says: ‘As the demand for US LNG and the number and complexity of project applications has grown, the commission has experienced a similar growth in the need for FERC to expand its oversight in this programme area.
‘Much of the work related to these LNG projects, and the expertise it requires, is based in and around Houston, the so-called ‘Energy Capital of the World’. For that reason, after careful research and evaluation, the commission has determined we should direct our newest efforts to recruiting staff in the area to build upon the good work already being done on these issues at our D.C. headquarters.
The creations of DLNG and expansion in Houston will help prepare FERC for the additional work necessary once LNG project applicants make final investment decisions and move toward construction.