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Cove Point LNG terminal shipped 9 Bcf in April after starting commercial service

Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point terminal in Maryland shipped nearly 9 Bcf of LNG in April after entering commercial service, U.S. government data shows.

Cove Point exported three cargoes in the month after it began commercial service on April 10 as the second major operational terminal in the Lower 48, according to U.S. Department of Energy figures. Those cargoes reached Argentina, Jordan and Japan.

With Cove Point online, total U.S. LNG export capacity has risen to roughly 3.6 Bcf/d from the 2.8 Bcf/d already available from Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana.

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From Cheniere's first export in February 2016 through April 2018, Mexico has been the top destination for U.S. LNG and accounted for 233 Bcf, or 19.2%, of total shipments.

South Korea, which has increased its imports from Sabine Pass since a 20-year contract began in June 2017, came in at a close second with 219 Bcf, or 18% of all U.S. LNG exports.

South Korea was the top destination for U.S. LNG in April, receiving 18 Bcf of natural gas from Sabine Pass. Mexico imported 11 Bcf.