The project developers said full Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals and a final investment decision (FID) are expected in 2019 and with first production scheduled for 2023.
Texas LNG Brownsville said it had received the US Coast Guard letter of recommendation, the US Department of Transportation letter of opinion, and the US Department of Defense clearance letter to bring additional safe and secure marine traffic to the Brownsville Ship Channel.
The company said the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) had also determined that Texas LNG's methodology met its requirements for design.
Texas LNG is led by two experienced oil and gas industry executives in Vivek Chandra, who is Chief Executive, and Langtry Meyer, who is Chief Operating Officer.
“Receipt of all three of the letters are positive and important milestones in Texas LNG’s project development and required steps of the FERC approval process,” said the company.
The company has also secured long-term offtake term sheets from as yet unnamed LNG buyers in China, Southeast Asia and Europe.
Texas LNG is planning to commence detailed engineering and other pre-FID activities during the rest of 2018 upon closing of its current funding round.
The export facility will be constructed on a 625-acre site strategically located on the Port of Brownsville's deepwater ship channel near plentiful natural gas supplies and pipelines.
The project team already includes expertise from Samsung Engineering of south Korea, KBR of the US, Braemar Technical Services of the UK and processing equipment-marker Air Products.
Samsung is a minority equity owner in Texas LNG and strategic partner with KBR responsible for engineering, construction, and procurement.