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Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC (LCL), an entity owned 100% by ET, is in the process of developing an LNG export project in Lake Charles, Louisiana on the U.S. Gulf Coast, at the site of Energy Transfer’s existing LNG import and regasification terminal. The Lake Charles LNG export project is expected to include construction of fifteen million tonnes per year (15 mtpa) of liquefaction capacity, and utilize existing LNG storage and ship loading facilities. The project completed its front-end engineering design (FEED) in 2014. It received its permit to construct from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2015 and holds Department of Energy (DOE) permits to export LNG to both Free-Trade-Agreement (FTA) and Non-FTA countries. The project is expected to start up in late 2024 or early 2025. Once the LNG export project is completed, it will enable LCL to liquefy domestically produced natural gas and export it as LNG. By adding the new liquefaction facility and integrating with the existing LNG regasification/import facility, the enhanced facility will become a bi-directional facility capable of exporting and importing LNG.

The existing Lake Charles LNG Company LLC import terminal has approximately 9.0 Bcf of above ground LNG storage capacity and the regasification facility has a run rate send-out capacity of 1.8 bcf/day. Royal Dutch Shell is the sole customer for the existing regasification facility and is obligated to pay reservation fees for 100% of the regasification capacity regardless of whether it actually utilizes such capacity pursuant to a regasification services agreement that terminates in 2030.

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