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Developers of the delayed Freeport LNG export project in Texas are selecting a preferred bidder for the fourth processing Train, although construction of Train 1-3 still needs to be completed…
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Mexican oil and gas company, says its 2% month-on-month rise in its natural gas production is aimed at reducing the country’s dependency on pipeline gas and…
Energy trade between Mexico and the United States has undergone massive change. The value of U.S. exports of petroleum products nearly tripled from $10.4 billion in 2008 to a record…
Free ReadGlobal energy majors should take action to help governments promote the use of LNG and clean energy sources to meet national carbon emission targets, says Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman.…
Considering a future German LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel, northern Germany, local grid operators are seeking to realize the first industrial-scale Power-to-Gas project nearby. Called HySynGas, the project will turn renewable…
Chevron Corp. has pulled out of the bidding battle for Anadarko Petroleum and its Mozambique liquefied natural gas stake and US assets, leaving the way clear for Occidental Petroleum to…
Free ReadCommercial success of the much-delayed Shell-led C$40 billion LNG Canada venture is becoming more and more certain after Japan’s JERA Co Inc. signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) to offtake…
Chevron’s $33 billion takeover of Anadarko – one of the world’s largest independent oil companies – will boost its lead in the Permian Shale, and grow its midstream and LNG…
Natural gas future prices for May at the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub have firmed to $2.535/MMBtu due to increased demand from the power sector and for feedgas from a growing…
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects natural gas prices at the benchmark Henry Hub will fall to an average $2.82/MMBtu this year, and decline further in 2020. The bearish…
Free ReadThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), a multilateral development agency and part of the World Bank Group, has said it provided a 15-year loan over $228 million to fund LNG-to Power…
The French energy major Total has signed two Heads of Agreements (HoA) with Tellurian Inc., the developer of the Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana, committing to invest in Driftwood Holdings…
Sempra Energy has at last seen progress in the commissioning of its Cameron LNG project, a former regas terminal being transformed into a liquefaction and export terminal. Feed-gas is now…
NextDecade, the developer of the Rio Grande LNG project in Texas, has signed an innovative 20-year sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Shell. Around three-quarters of the purchased LNG volumes…

News Nudges

U.S. net gas exports double in H1-2019 and keep growing

Start-up of two liquefaction trains – Cameron LNG Train 1 and Corpus Christi LNG Train 2 –have pushed total U.S. net gas exports to 4.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in the first half of this year, more than double pre-year levels. Apart from LNG, pipeline gas is exported to Canada and Mexico. As of June, total U.S. LNG export capacity reached 5.4 Bcf/d across four facilities and nine liquefaction trains – a significant rise compared with 2.0 Bcf/d net exports in 2018. Net natural gas exports is forecast to continue rising through the end of 2019 as additional LNG export capacity comes online and pipeline infrastructure in Mexico is placed into service. In its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) foresees net gas exports averaging 4.6 Bcf/d in 2019 and 7.2 Bcf/d in 2020. Cameron Train, the fourth U.S. LNG placed into service since February 2016, was followed by Freeport LNG Train 1 and the small-scale Elba Island LNG venture. Together, these three project are seen to nearly double U.S. LNG export capacity to 8.9 Bcf/d by the end of 2020. Although U.S. LNG exports have grown substantially, most U.S. natural gas trade is transported via pipeline across shared borders with Canada and Mexico. In the first half of 2019, net exports of natural gas by pipeline to Mexico grew by 5%, and net exports of natural gas by pipeline to Canada remained relatively flat. Exports to Canada surged when the second phase of both the Rover pipeline and the new NEXUS pipeline entered service, allowing gas flows from the Appalachian Basin to the St. Clair point of exit northeast of Detroit. Deliveries to Mexico grew following the start-up of the Texas-Tuxpan pipeline, transporting gas from the U.S. Permian Basin.