US LNG exports hold steady from April 22 – April 28
US federal data released April 29 show exports of LNG have remained stable over the past couple of weeks, with shipments totalling some 73bn ft3.
The US Energy Information Administration in its weekly natural gas report recorded 20 LNG carriers left export terminals between April 22 and April 28.
Seven of those left from the Sabine Pass terminal and four left from the Cameron facility, both in Louisiana. From Texas, three cargoes departed from Corpus Christi and four left from Freeport. From Maryland, two vessels left from Cove Point, while nothing was distributed from the LNG export facility on Elba Island off the coast of Georgia.
The volume and number of vessels leaving US export terminals remained unchanged over the last two weeks, although the points of origin were different.
For the reporting period, EIA reported total gas imports from Canada declined by 9.5%, from 5.1bn ft3/day to 4.7bn ft3/day. Year-ago imports were closer to 3.8bn ft3/day.
In the monthly natural gas report for April, EIA reported total natural gas imports of 8.2bn ft3/day in February, the last full month for which the agency provided data. That was 18.4% higher than year-ago levels and marked the highest monthly level since 2011.
The US, nevertheless, remains a net exporter of natural gas, though total US exports of natural gas and LNG for February were down about 3% from year-ago levels.
“Despite this decrease, the average daily rate of natural gas exports was the second highest for the month since we began tracking monthly exports in 1973,” the EIA’s report read.