U.S. Senator Mark Begich has jumped on the LNG bandwagon, promising to help with ConocoPhillips application for an LNG export license. ConocoPhillips Alaska announced last week they have reapplied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy to resume export operations at their North Kenai LNG facility.
Senator Begich called it a “welcome boost to the Kenai Peninsula Economy,” saying “even seasonal shipments of LNG will add jobs and create incentives for exploration and competition, helping to keep prices lower for Alaskans.”
Senator Begich invited Chris Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, to visit the facility this summer. He hopes it will help Smith understand the local resources and market with it comes time to approve the export license.
State Senator Cathy Giessel, who represents Nikiski, said she was thrilled with the announcement…
Sen. Giessel(R-S.Anchorage): “I’m very pleased that that permit has been reapplied for. It’s, of course, going to mean jobs for the peninsula, but it also means a much more secure supply of natural gas for southcentral, so that’s a good thing. I’m very excited.”