U.S. natural gas exports via pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose 13.4% year/year in 2020 despite the pandemic, although that was down from the previous annual increase of 29%, according to the latest trade scorecard of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Total 2020 U.S. gas exports to Canada, Mexico and overseas LNG markets grew to 5.28 Tcf or 14.4 Bcf/d, said DOE’s gas regulation division in the quarterly tally published Wednesday (May 5). The previous annual trade scorecard recorded an increase to 4.65 Tcf or 12.8 Bcf/d in 2019 from 3.6 Tcf or 9.6 Bcf/d in 2018.

International natural gas traffic rebounded in late 2020 but not enough to make up for all the damage inflicted on demand and economies by the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers said.

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