Nov 22, 2019 - Energy & Environment

Federal regulators approve new liquified natural gas projects in Texas

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) refueling station at Big Blue Bus Terminal. Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California,

Liquified Natural Gas refueling station at Big Blue Bus Terminal. Photo: Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday approved three liquefied natural gas export projects in Texas and also green-lit the expansion of a fourth existing operation.

Why it matters: The sign-offs are the latest step in the continuing expansion of U.S. export projects that are tapping into huge domestic supplies and backed by successive administrations.

But, but, but: Bloomberg, which notes the projects would roughly double current U.S. export capacity, reports on "doubts" that they will actually be built. The piece describes the headwinds in the LNG market:

"The nation is already sending more gas overseas than ever as shale output surges. But prices have collapsed amid the U.S.-China trade war and a worldwide glut of the heating and power-plant fuel, making buyers increasingly unwilling to sign the long-term contracts needed to develop multibillion-dollar terminals."

Worth noting: FERC approved six other new projects earlier this year.

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