US LNG Export Capacity to Reach New Milestone by 2022

Upon completion of new trains at Sabine Pass and Calcasieu Pass, the EIA predicts U.S. LNG export capacity will become the world’s largest with peak capacity of 13.9 Bcf/d across seven LNG export facilities.

Hart Energy Staff
US LNG Export Capacity to Reach New Milestone by 2022

When Golden Pass LNG—the eighth U.S. LNG export facility—completes construction and begins operations in 2024, the EIA estimates U.S. LNG peak export capacity will further increase to an estimated 16.3 Bcf/d. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

The U.S. is on the verge of dominating the global LNG market, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The U.S. began exporting LNG from the Lower 48 in February 2016 and, seemingly overnight, became the world’s third-largest LNG exporter following the rapid development of export terminals across the country. Now, based on the slew of announced project plans for capacity expansions, the EIA is predicting U.S. LNG export capacity will be the world’s largest by 2022.

“In 2022, U.S. LNG export capacity will exceed that of the two current largest global LNG exporters, Australia (11.4 Bcf/d) and Qatar (10.3 Bcf/d),” the EIA said in the report published on Dec. 2 attributing the milestone to new LNG liquefaction units (called trains) at Sabine Pass LNG and Calcasieu Pass LNG expected to be placed in service in 2022.

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