The Lake Charles LNG Project has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In addition, the US Department of Energy has authorized the facility to export up to 15 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG to markets around the world.

The proposed Lake Charles LNG project will include the construction of three liquefaction trains and will use the existing LNG storage and marine berthing facilities owned by Energy Transfer. Lake Charles LNG has secured all property rights required for the site of the liquefaction facility.

Exporting LNG to world markets is expected to provide economic- and employment-related benefits for the United States and Louisiana. This includes several thousand jobs during the project’s construction phase. Longer term, we would increase the number of Lake Charles LNG operations positions from the current 50 positions to 250 positions.

Energy Transfer will own and finance the proposed new liquefaction facility. Shell will oversee the engineering, design and construction management, as well as operate the facility once complete.



  • Export application filed with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • DOE approved export to U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries


  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiated pre-filing review process
  • Initial community open house held in Lake Charles, La.
  • FERC issued notice of intent to prepare Environmental Impact Statement
  • FERC held public scoping meeting in Lake Charles, La.
  • DOE released LNG Export Study


  • DOE conditionally approved export to U.S. non-FTA countries (conditioned on completion of FERC environmental process)


  • Formal certification application filed with FERC
  • Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) completed


  • FERC issued final Environmental Impact Statement
  • FERC granted certificate order to construct Lake Charles LNG to export LNG


  • Royal Dutch Shell acquired BG Group, developer of Lake Charles LNG, on February 15
  • DOE granted final authorization for Lake Charles LNG to export LNG to non-FTA countries

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