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    US LNG exports increase despite Ida


Federal data show total natural gas exports as LNG increased 9% from the previous reporting period.

by: Daniel Graeber

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US LNG exports increase despite Ida

US federal data published September 2 show total exports of LNG increased by 6bn ft3 from the previous week, despite setbacks from Hurricane Ida.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the Energy Department, reported that 73bn ft3 of natural gas as LNG left US export terminals during the week ending September 1. That compares with 67bn ft3 recorded during the week ending August 25.


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The LNG exported during the week ending September 1 left on 20 vessels. Six of those left the Sabine Pass terminal and three departed from Cameron, both in Louisiana. From Texas, four vessels each left Freeport and Corpus Christi. Two others left from the Cove Point facility in Maryland and one left from Elba Island off the coast of Georgia.

The week-on-week increase came even as Hurricane Ida idled large parts of the energy sector offshore and along the US Gulf Coast.

In late August, the companies behind the Cameron facility in Louisiana and the Freeport terminal in Texas both told NGW that they did not expect any significant setbacks from Ida.

EIA added, however, that average dry natural gas production and marketed gas production decreased during the reporting period, by 2.4% and 2.6%, respectively. That was driven by decreases in offshore production in the US waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

At an average of 5.1bn ft3/d, net imports of natural gas from Canada were unchanged from the previous reporting period. Natural gas exported to Mexico, meanwhile, increased, from 6.1bn ft3/d on average to 6.3bn ft3/d.