USA: LNG Re-exports Rise


Re-exports of foreign sourced LNG from U.S. LNG terminals exceeded 12 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in January 2011, equivalent to about 30% of U.S. LNG import volumes during that month, and the highest volume since the start of re-export service in December 2009, according to the EIA.

There are currently three U.S. LNG terminals that have been granted Federal approval to re-export LNG: Freeport in Texas, and Sabine Pass and (recently approved) Cameron in Louisiana.

U.S. LNG imports and deliveries from terminals to the domestic market are down due to increasing domestic natural gas production and average U.S. spot natural gas prices that are well below levels in other major natural gas markets with the capability to import LNG.

Typically, low utilization at these terminals has created available LNG storage capacity in the terminals’ storage tanks.

Re-exportation of LNG lets marketers and suppliers store gas, while waiting for price signals before delivering their LNG to the higher-paying markets in Asia, Europe, and South America.


Source: EIA, June 8, 2011;