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U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports again increased last week as terminals along the Gulf Coast have continued to ramp up.
Seventeen LNG vessels, including eight from Sabine Pass, two each from Corpus Christi, Cove Point, Cameron and Freeport, and one from Elba Island, departed with a combined carrying capacity of 59 Bcf during the week ending Dec. 18. That’s up from 14 ships and 51 Bcf in the prior week, according to the Energy Information Administration. The volumes also included the first cargo shipped from Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Elba Island facility.
Exports are poised to continue growing. Sempra Energy said Monday that the second train at Cameron LNG in Hackberry, LA, has started producing the super-chilled fuel. Train 2 and Train 3 are expected to start commercial operations in 1Q2020 and 3Q2020, respectively. The facility’s first liquefaction train started operations last August. The three trains make up Phase 1 of Cameron, while Phase 2 could include up to two more trains.
Sempra’s announcement came days after Freeport LNG exported the first cargo from its second train. Train 3 is also currently under construction at the facility located on Quintana Island on the Texas coast and is slated to come online in 1Q2020.