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Gas deliveries to LNG export facilities smash records in July

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), deliveries of natural gas to facilities producing liquified natural gas (LNG) in the US for export set a new monthly record in July 2019.

It was reported by the EIA that an average of six billion cubic feet of natural gas was being delivered per day, making up a total of 7% of the total United States dry natural gas production.

Among all U.S. natural gas consumption sectors, the EIA also added that the natural gas feedstock deliveries to LNG export facilities were the fastest growing within the first seven months of 2019.

Mexico and U.S. natural gas delivery (by pipeline) also rose by 30% within the first seven months of 2019, with LNG export facilities reaching 10.9 bcf/d in July 2019 and averaging 10.0 bcf/d in the six months prior.

The United States has been exporting more natural gas compared to its imports on a yearly basis since 2017, and natural gas exports are expected to grow as new LNG facilities become functional, according to the EIA. 

Based on the data supplied by Bloomberg’s tanker loadings, the EIA predict that  U.S. LNG exports set new standards in June and July of 2019 at 4.8 bcf/d and 5.2 bcf/d respectively.

Two new liquefaction trains came into play within the first half of 2019 with the Cameron LNG 1 Train in Louisiana and the Corpus Christi LNG Train 2, both released in May and June respectively. Across the four facilities and nine liquefaction trains the total capacity of LNG exports stand at 5.4 bcf/d.

 Georgia and Texas have also unveiled plans to place their first LNG export trains across September and October of 2019. Natural gas feedstock deliveries have been received by both facilities in preparation for their LNG production.