The filing with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was revealed by LNG and gas industry veteran and company founder Vivek Chandra.
“Transitioning from the pre-filing to the formal application stage is significant, placing Texas LNG within a select and elite group of US LNG export projects in the FERC formal filing process, bringing us closer to our goal of delivering low-cost LNG under flexible terms from the Port of Brownsville to global buyers in 2020,” Chandra said.
Texas LNG plans to begin construction of Phase 1 of the project before the end of 2017.
The Texas project is one of several proposed export projects located along the Brownsville Ship Channel. Of the current ventures, two others have been accepted into the FERC's pre-filing program.
They are Annova LNG with plans to produce 6 MTPA and the Rio Grande LNG project targeting 27 MTPA of output.
Texas LNG submitted its request to initiate the FERC pre-filing process in March 2015.
During the past year, Texas LNG and its team of technical, environmental and legal advisers have completed front-end engineering and design, submitted draft resource reports covering a wide range of areas including engineering, reliability and safety.
They have also engaged in extensive consultations with FERC and other federal and state agencies, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Langtry Meyer, a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Texas LNG, said: “The filing of Texas LNG’s application to FERC represents the culmination of over 300,000 man-hours and 12 months of rigorous effort and engagement with FERC and other government agencies by the entire Texas LNG team.”
Texas LNG said it continued to believe that “smaller independent projects that promise low cost, low technical risks, and offer transparent, flexible tolling terms” will be best placed in the current global market.
Texas LNG anticipates receiving all approvals and reaching a final investment decision in 2017.