U.S. LNG exports flat for two weeks running

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Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. remained flat for the second week running, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

EIA stated in its weekly report that eleven LNG vessels, seven from Sabine Pass, two from Corpus Christi, and two from Cove Point departed from the United States from May 23 to May 29.

The eleven vessels held a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 41.4 bcf.

The administration added that two vessels— one at Sabine Pass and one at a newly commissioned Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana —were loading on Wednesday, May 29.

The natural gas feedstock to the LNG terminals edged up during the week under review, averaging 5.6 Bcf/d, compared to 5.8 Bcf/d last week, EIA said.

According to the Administration, this will be the first export cargo from the Cameron LNG project.

This week, Freeport LNG received an authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG from Train 4 to countries with which the United States does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Freeport LNG currently has three trains under construction with a combined export capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d).

Train 1 is currently undergoing commissioning and is expected to start LNG production in September 2019. Trains 2 and 3 are expected to be placed in service in the first and second quarters of 2020, respectively.