U.S. weekly LNG exports jump

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Exports of liquefied natural gas from the United States’ facilities increased over the first week in 2020. 

Data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that a total of 19 vessels with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 68 Bcf departed the United States between January 2 and January 8, 2020.

Out of the 19 cargoes, eight departed Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility, five departed the Freeport LNG facility with two cargoes shipped from Corpus Christi, Cove Point and the Cameron LNG export projects, each.

Data shows that natural gas deliveries to liquefied natural gas export terminals have increased compared to the previous week reaching 8.2 Bcf/day, up from 8.1 Bcf/d.

EIA noted in its weekly report that the United States natural gas exports reached new highs in 2019, driven by LNG exports.

Several new LNG export facilities came online in 2019, the first train at Cameron LNG in May, the first and second trains at Freeport LNG in September and December, respectively, and the first five Moveable Modular Liquefaction System (MMLS) units at Elba Island LNG in December.

EIA projects the United States will continue to be a net exporter through 2050 as a result of expected growth in both pipeline and LNG exports.

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