US LNG Facilities: A Closer Look
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a popular commodity these days. According to a new report from the International Association of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL), global LNG trade increased 10% from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year increase in 7 years. Much of the global LNG supply comes from the US, where production from trains commissioned in recent years has ramped up and new trains are scheduled to come on line.
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates an additional 6.05 Bcf/D of new liquefaction capacity in the US by 2021 on top of the 3.5 Bcf/D already in operation at Sabine Pass and Cove Point. The EIA pointed to the Elba Island liquefaction project in Georgia—which is expected to commission the first 6 of 10 small modular trains—along with new trains along the coast of the US Gulf of Mexico like Cameron, Freeport, and Corpus Christi as developments that should boost capacity over the next 3 years.
The tables show the current status of various liquefaction facilities in the US that are either operational, under construction, or fully approved by the US Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (To download the tables as Excel files click on the Download icon at the bottom of the image.)
Source: US EIA.
Saudi Aramco Shipping Unit Expresses Interest in LNG Tankers
Bahri, Saudi Arabia's national shipping carrier, is looking into chartering as many as 12 LNG tankers starting in 2025, according to a new Reuters report. The EOI may be part of Saudi Aramco's expansion into LNG trading.
First Deck Stacking Operation Completed for Coral FLNG Topsides Modules
The Eni-operated project will be the first FLNG vessel deployed in a deepwater field offshore the African continent upon its projected 2022 startup. Samsung Heavy Industries completed the operation at its shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
Shell, Energy Transfer Issue Tender Package for Lake Charles Project
The tender invites EPC contractors to develop a commercial bid for the lump-sum turnkey contract based on a fully developed scope related to design, engineering, technical, and safety specifications for the project. Commerical bids are expected next year.
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