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Lithuanian natural gas trading company LITGAS has signed up for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply from Cheniere Marketing, a unit of Cheniere Energy Inc. LITGAS is a unit of Lithuanian state-controlled Lietuvos Energiia. The first LNG from the master trade agreement is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year, LITGAS said last week. It did not disclose contract details. The Baltic states consume about 4 billion cubic meters of LNG per year, according to LITGAS, which has 16 nonbinding master trade agreements with companies supplying about half of the world's LNG and also has options to buy natural gas from other Lithuanian importers. Houston-based Cheniere's first U.S. LNG export facility, Sabine Pass, is expected to enter service during the fourth quarter (see Daily GPIFeb. 25).

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