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Various U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects have gained traction this month as baseload liquefaction capacity continues to inch upward.
Freeport LNG on Friday announced the start of commercial operations for its second train, with the start of gas deliveries from BP plc under the portfolio player’s 20-year agreement with the facility on the Texas coast. Train 1 started operations last month and Train 3 is on track for a commercial start in May.
FERC also cleared a Kinder Morgan Inc. affiliate last Thursday to start service and exports from the second moveable modular liquefaction system at the Elba Island LNG terminal in Georgia. The other three trains are already operating, and the facility's first cargo left last month. Six more units are expected to come online at Elba this year.
Along with other trains at Freeport, Cameron LNG in Louisiana and Corpus Christi LNG in Texas, U.S. baseload liquefaction capacity is expected to reach 10.2 Bcf/d next year. As the facilities ramp up, exports are expected to keep growing from an average of 6.5 Bcf/d this year to 7.7 Bcf/d in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).