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    US Emerged as Net Gas Exporter in 2017: EIA

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Lost in the mass of data that accompanies the US EIA's Short Term Energy Outlook was the emergence of the US as a net gas exporter in 2017.

by: Dale Lunan

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US Emerged as Net Gas Exporter in 2017: EIA

Lost in the mass of data that accompanied the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook on January 9 was the emergence of the US as a net gas exporter in 2017 – for the first time in at least 60 years.

Gross gas imports, primarily via pipeline from Canada, averaged 8.17bn ft3/day in 2017, while gross gas exports – to Canada and increasingly to Mexico – averaged 8.58bn ft3/day. That left a net export outflow in 2017 of about 410mn ft3/day, compared to net imports of 1.8bn ft3/day in 2016.

As LNG and pipeline exports continue to grow – reflecting steady growth in shale gas production – net export outflows are forecast to climb to 2.3bn ft3/day this year and to 4.6bn ft3/day in 2019, the EIA said.