DOE: U.S. LNG exports hit 197.3 Bcf in Jan-Apr

Sabine Pass (Image courtesy of Cheniere)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana reached about 197.3 billion cubic feet in the January-April period, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows.

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass plant, currently the only such facility to ship U.S. shale gas overseas, exported in total 58 LNG cargoes in the period under review.

Latin America remained as the top destination for U.S. LNG. Mexico took 15 LNG cargoes during the period while 4 landed in Chile, DOE said. Other notable importers of U.S. LNG were Jordan, Japan, Spain and China.

During the month of April, a total of 15 cargoes left the Sabine Pass facility.

Mexico received 4 Sabine Pass LNG cargoes in April. Argentina took 3 LNG cargoes from the US  while Kuwait, Chile and Japan received 2, each. UAE and Sooth Korea imported one Sabine Pass cargo in April, each.

According to the DOE data, Sabine Pass export point prices in April were ranging from the smallest price of $3.65 per MMBtu to the highest price of $6.65 per MMBtu.

DOE’s report also shows that American LNG Marketing exported 72,427 million cubic feet (Mcf) of domestically produced LNG in ISO containers in the January-April period.

LNG was shipped from Miami, Fla. to Barbados with the export point price for all of the shipments at $10.00 per mmBtu.

Cheniere is developing up to six trains at its Sabine Pass terminal with each train expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tons per annum.

The Houston-based company currently ships the fuel produced at three liquefaction trains.

By 2021, four additional LNG export facilities currently under construction along the U.S. Gulf Coast are expected to be completed. These five plants are expected to have an operational export capacity of 9.2 Bcf per day in total, according to the Energy Information Admiration (EIA).


LNG World News Staff


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