Venture Global LNG asks US energy regulator to keep documents confidential

Adds background and context and quote from FERC filing paragraphs 2-4

HOUSTON, March 14 (Reuters) - Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter Venture Global LNG on Thursday delivered to U.S. regulators a proposed protective order seeking to keep its commissioning documents confidential.

FERC had given the US LNG exporter five days in which to provide the protective order in which it sets out a process for use of any privileged information.

The LNG exporter's customers including BP PLC BP.L, Shell PLC SHEL.L, Edison EDNn.MI, Repsol SA REP.MC, Galp EDN.MI and Orlen PKN.WA, have objected to the lack of access to the LNG documents claiming they are unable to determine if a request for an additional year to commission the Louisiana plant was justified.

They have in the past accused Venture Global of profiting to the tune of billions of dollars by selling so-called commissioning cargoes on the spot market while they have not been able to get their volumes because the plant has not moved from commissioning to commercial operations.

(Reporting by Curtis Williams in Houston, editing by Gary McWilliams)

((Curtis.Williams@thomsonreuters.com; +1 346 324 7560;))

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