U.S. LNG exports continue to rise week over week

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Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. increased over the last week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

EIA stated in its weekly report that eleven LNG vessels, six from Sabine Pass, three from Corpus Christi, and two from Cove Point departed from the United States between July 25 and July 31.

The ten vessels held a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 39 bcf.

It is worth noting that one vessel was loading at the Sabine Pass terminal on Wednesday, July 31.

In July, U.S. LNG exports set another record with 46 exported cargoes (28 from Sabine Pass, six from Cove Point, ten from Corpus Christi, and two from Cameron) carrying an estimated 160 bcf, or 5.2 bcf/d.

As for projects under development, commissioning of the first LNG trains at Elba Island is ongoing. On Wednesday, Kinder Morgan and Southern LNG Company filed a request with the FERC to introduce hazardous fluids to Train 2. Elba Island is a ten-train facility with a combined LNG export capacity of 0.33 bcf/d for Trains 1–10.

Also, Gulf LNG received full government approval from FERC and the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries as well as non-FTA countries. Gulf LNG plans to build two liquefaction trains, each with a nameplate capacity of 0.66 bcf/d near Pascagoula, Mississippi.

EIA added that Cameron LNG received approval by FERC to begin commercial operations. Since the start of LNG production, the facility has shipped four commissioning cargoes between May and July 2019.

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