A. Blume, Editor
As trends in energy production and use evolve, so too must plans for networks to produce and consume that energy. In no subsector is this more apparent than gas liquefaction and its associated infrastructure—particularly in the US.
In February 2016, Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana became the first project in the US to export LNG from domestic shale gas. The terminal, inaugurated in April 2008, was originally designed to import LNG to supplement dwindling domestic gas supply. Then the shale boom hit, and the US suddenly found itself sitting atop vast reserves of shale oil and gas. In 2010, Cheniere became the first company to apply for a permit from the US DOE to export LNG to countries that do not have free-trade agreements with the US. A number of other companies have followed suit. More applications have been received for domestic LNG export projects than will be approved or built. Cheniere itself is adding more LNG trains to Sabine Pass, and building another LNG export terminal at Corpus Christi, Texas.
To support the ongoing operations and train additions at Sabine Pass, Kinder Morgan applied in December for authorization to add bidirectional capacity on its Louisiana pipeline. The $151-MM project would send gas to the terminal from 2019, when a fifth train is anticipated to come online. The pipeline was originally put into service in 2009 to send regasified LNG from Sabine Pass to US markets; however, the shale boom eliminated that need. Similar alterations to planned and in-service infrastructure are predicted over the next several years as more LNG export projects come online in the US. GP
The ongoing development of shale gas resources in the US has spurred infrastructure construction for both natural gas processing capacity and LNG export terminals.
Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom is strengthening its presence in the gas market of the Middle East through the planned construction of an 11-metric-MMtpy–12-metric-MMtpy LNG plant in Iran.
The New LNG Imperative
The shale gas boom established the US as the world’s leading natural gas producer and is responsible for billions of dollars of investments in the US gas processing industry. Since 2012, the US has witnessed unprecedented growth in new gas processing capacity and infrastructure. This rise is due to greater production of domestic shale gas, which is providing cheap, available feedstock to fuel the domestic gas processing, LNG and petrochemical industries. New gas processing projects include the construction of billions of cubic feet per day of new cryogenic and gas processing capacity, NGL fractionators, multi-billion-dollar pipeline infrastructure projects, and the development of millions of tons per year of new LNG export terminal construction. Attend this webcast to hear from Lee Nichols, Editor/Associate Publisher, Hydrocarbon Processing, Scott Allgood, Director-Data Services, Energy Web Atlas and Peregrine Bush, Senior Cartographic Editor, Petroleum Economist as they discuss the future of LNG and the application of Energy Web Atlas, a web-based GIS platform which allows users to track real-time information for every LNG project.
November 29, 2017 10am CST