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Despite China dispute, US LNG finds outlet; LNG plant outages could stress pipes

US LNG finds outlet in other Asian countries amid trade dispute with China

As U.S. LNG cargoes remain cut off from China as a result of ongoing trade tensions between the two countries, other importers in Asia have continued to help absorb rising shipments of the American commodity. U.S. LNG exports to countries including Japan and South Korea have been strong through August, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy, released Oct. 16.

As Gulf Coast LNG terminals increase draw on gas, outages could stress pipelines

Natural gas market participants who see rising liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast as a crucial outlet for the nation's shale gas have speculated about a possible complication: If a couple of LNG plants unexpectedly go out of service at the same time, it could leave a lot of gas with nowhere to go. A significant unexpected outage at LNG facilities could back up the gas transportation network, gas company officials cautioned.

NGPL pipeline expansion for Corpus Christi LNG passes environmental review

A proposal to expand a Kinder Morgan Inc.-operated natural gas pipeline system cleared a key environmental review, paving the way for a decision approving the project that would boost supplies to Cheniere Energy Inc.'s LNG export facility in Texas. Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America LLC's estimated $145.2 million project would enable the system to provide 300,000 Dth/d of firm southbound transportation capacity to Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC.

DOE OKs Venture Global's Plaquemines LNG project to export to non-FTA countries

The DOE approved Venture Global LNG's Plaquemines LNG project to export to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S., bringing the country close to a total of 40 Bcf/d of natural gas authorized for export to non-FTA countries. An Oct. 16 order from the DOE allowed the export of LNG equivalent to 3.4 Bcf/d of gas from the Plaquemines LNG project in Plaquemines Parish, La., approximately 20 miles from the Port of New Orleans.

Environmental group appeals NJ permit for gas export facility on Delaware River

An environmental group appealed a New Jersey permit issued for the proposed Gibbstown Logistics Center LNG export facility on the Delaware River, saying that the state's Department of Environmental Protection Agency violated rules put in place to protect coastal and water resources. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network accused the New Jersey agency of jeopardizing the river's resources by approving an expansion and "tripling the number of docks at the facility," according to an Oct. 21 press release.

Dominion sale of 25% stake in LNG plant for $2B furthers plans to trim debt

A planned divestiture of a $2 billion stake in Dominion Energy Inc.'s Cove Point LNG terminal is a significant step toward drawing down Dominion's relatively high parent-level debt, analysts said. The deal announced Oct. 21 calls for Dominion to sell a 25% noncontrolling equity stake in its Cove Point LNG export and import facility in Maryland to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. affiliate Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners LP.

AES begins operations at 1st LNG facility in Central America

AES Corp. started commercial operations at the first LNG facility in Panama and Central America, according to an Oct. 18 news release. The hub is located in the corporation's Colón plant, which consists of a 180,000-cubic-meter LNG tank and a 381-MW combined-cycle power plant, which had been using gas from temporary sources since it began operations in 2018.