"We have an extreme propensity in U.S. markets to overbuild infrastructure,” Anthony Scott, an analyst with BTU Analytics LLC, said during a recent conference call to discuss the energy consultancy’s 85-page “Getting to the Gulf—Can We Supply Wave 2 LNG?” report.

“If you look at LNG imports as an example, many of the LNG export facilities exist today because they were LNG import facilities that were ultimately never utilized.”

The next wave of LNG demand, which the BTU analysts believe will last through 2030, will be much greater than it is now, especially with China and other Asian nations demanding more and more of the natural gas resource. The anticipation has brought about more investment projects for additional pipelines from natural gas producing basins like the Permian, Haynesville and Eagle Ford, as well as export facilities around the Gulf Coast. 

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