As the U.S. begins to export crude oil and LNG—following the lifting of an export ban in late 2015— the need for infrastructure, and the massive amount of capital and expertise required to build it, are attracting private-equity investors.

Low oil and LNG prices are complicating those efforts, however, said Steve Sprenger, a valuation services principal at RSM US LLP.

“I don’t think there’s a huge question of the U.S. being a substantial world exporter,” Sprenger said. “There’s a question of when it makes sense for the U.S. economy, making sure the infrastructure is there and the market is there.

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