No question, the U.S. Gulf Coast ranks as the nation’s largest LNG seaport with a cluster of liquefaction and export terminals, as well as new proposed projects, that watermark this huge, relatively young subset of America’s oil and gas industry. For now, the impact of COVID-19 has slammed our LNG exports hard due to demand destruction, we all know that. Nevertheless, as global economies recover—and they are, especially in Asia—the world’s need for gas supplies in the form of LNG will rebound in a big way. And away from the La., and Texas Gulf Coast, new LNG projects and expansions are set to play a featured role to export the fuel every economy depends on.
Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island in Georgia Set to Fire Up Trains 7 and 8
Who can’t use some backstory for context? Kinder Morgan’s Elba LNG Project began construction in 2016 when the company added liquefaction and export capacity to Southern LNG’s existing terminal in Chatham County, Ga. With 10 trains planned for the facility, six now are in service with the remaining four trains expected to go online this year. Houston-based KM now has asked FERC to begin service on Train 8 while Train 7 finishes commissioning. Upon completion of all 10 trains, the $2 billion terminal will offer capacity to export 2.5 MTPA. As an interesting side note, Argus Media doesn’t include Elba in its analysis of the “first wave” of U.S. LNG export buildouts expected in 2020.
Pembina’s Jordan Cove LNG Project in Oregon Gets the Greenlight
From Calgary up North, Canadian pipeline heavy weight Pembina has been granted final FERC approval to move forward with its Jordan Cove LNG project in southern Oregon. The terminal will export up to 1.08 BCFD of natural gas sourced from both Canada and the U.S. and will include a 229-mile pipeline extending across four Oregon counties. Pembina expects pipeline and facility completion in 2025. The project will mark the first U.S. West Coast LNG export terminal.
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