High probability Jordan Cove will be approved before the end of 2014
the department could approve three more projects this year if it continues to move in one-month increments.
Next in line for review by the DOE is an expansion of Freeport LNG's terminal, followed by Sempra's Cameron LNG project and Veresen Inc's Jordan Cove project.
The department has picked up the pace between approvals. Nearly three months passed between decisions on Freeport LNG's Quintana Island, Texas terminal and the Lake Charles terminal, which was okayed on Aug. 7.
While defending its commissioned LNG export study as "fundamentally sound," the department pledged in the Cove Point order that it would "continue taking a measured approach in reviewing the other pending applications."
Some boosters of gas exports said the administration should move faster to approve pending applications.
"The United States has a narrowing window of opportunity to join the global gas trade," Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate energy committee, said in a statement.
Noting that Cove Point filed its application in 2011, she called on the department to move with "timely purpose" to the next decision.