America to increase ‘freedom gas’ exports
The US Government has announced it will be increasing exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe from its Freeport LNG Terminal in Texas.
In a speech delivered to Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) in Vancouver, the US Under Secretary for Energy Mark Menezes labelled the export of LNG, or ‘freedom gas’ as he referred to it, as a critical step in enabling energy reliability for the country’s allies.
“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy.
The expansion of the Freeport LNG facility is estimated to support up to 3,000 engineering and construction jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs associated with the project.
“With the U.S. in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world,” said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg.