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U.S. LNG exports slip in July, average prices rise

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States dropped in June, data from the Department of Energy shows.

U.S. LNG exports slip in July, average prices rise
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The U.S. export facilities shipped a total of 31 cargoes, three less than in the previous month and 20 cargoes less when compared to July 2019. Out of the 31 cargoes, 11 were whipped from the Sabine Pass facility. Cameron LNG plant follows with 10, Cove Point with 6, Corpus Christi with 3, and Freeport LNG with a single cargo. No cargoes were exported by the Elba Island plant.

In terms of volumes, July exports reached 96.1 Bcf, 11.8 per cent below the June volumes. This was also 38.7 per cent bellow July 2019 figures.

Spain was the top destination for U.S. LNG volumes in July with 13.7 Bcf of the chilled fuel imported. Japan, South Korea and China imported 10.6 Bcf, 10.5 Bcf and 10.4 Bcf, respectively. India imported 7.4 Bcf of U.S. LNG during the month under review.

These five countries represented 54.7 per cent of total U.S. LNG exports in July 2020.

The Department of Energy added that the average price of exported LNG rose for the third month in a row, reaching $5.39 per mmBtu, the highest it has been since November 2019.

Since the United States started exporting domestically-produced LNG in February 2016, a total of 1,569 cargoes reached destinations in 35 countries. The total volume exported stood at over 5.1 Tcf at the end of July.

Additionally, 489 cargoes on ISO containers departed the United States during the same period adding a further 1.4 billion cubic feet of LNG also bumping the number of destinations to 38.

South Korea remains the top importer of U.S. LNG with 239 cargoes received totaling 829.9 Bcf. This corresponds to 16.2 per cent of total U.S. LNG exports.

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