Natural Gas Initiative Continues Efforts for Expansion

The Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative has been in the works for years aiming to expand the markets for natural gas and stakeholders in Utah and the Uintah Basin have been among those involved. A main goal in the effort is the approval and construction of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal at Coos Bay, Oregon. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported last week that the continuing efforts to get natural gas into international markets also includes work on a deal with another LNG import facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. This does not replace the effort to construct the export terminal in Oregon but the company, Sempra Energy, is authorized to export U.S-produced natural gas to Mexico and then to export to countries without U.S. free trade agreements. There are still numerous factors that need to fall in place for the project to come together but those involved are excited by the possibilities of what this could mean for the region’s natural gas industry.       


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