Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final order authorizing Carib Energy (USA) LLC (Carib), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley Marine, to export up to 400,000 gallons of LNG per day in ISO containers over a 20-year period to any country located within Central America, South America, or the Caribbean with which the United States does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Carib will export LNG purchased under a long-term purchase and sale agreement from BP Energy Company and will take delivery of the LNG at a storage facility being developed in Martin County, Florida by Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC. Carib is the first entity to receive authorization to export LNG to non-FTA countries in ISO containers and is also the first company to receive non-FTA authorization as a non-owner or affiliate of an LNG terminal or LNG-related facilities. DOE’s order states that Carib’s exports from the Floridian facility fall within the scope of a categorical exclusion from the preparation of an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act and, consequently, the authorization is not conditioned on further environmental analysis or review.  Read more in the press release. DOE’s order can be found here.