Daily US LNG production hits record high of 5.28 Bcf in Christmas week

spglobal.com  Natural Gas  27 Dec 2018 | 17:05 UTC 

Daily US feedgas to LNG plants surpasses 5 Bcf for first time

Feedgas nominations for Thursday remain elevated at 5.12 Bcf

London — The rate of daily LNG production in the US hit an all-time high of 5.28 Bcf this week, according to data from S&P Global Platts Bentek Thursday.

Feedgas to the three currently operational LNG projects in the US topped 5.00 Bcf for the first time on December 22, and subsequently climbed to 5.28 Bcf on the day before Christmas.

Preliminary feedgas nominations for December 27 remained elevated at 5.12 Bcf.

In comparison, the average daily gas uptake for November was 4.25 Bcf.

The daily milestone comes as Cheniere ramps up the first train from its Corpus Christi LNG plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 4.5 million mt/year, and exported its first cargo earlier this month and a second cargo a day ago.

The nameplate capacity at Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG plant now stands at 12.75 million mt/year, with 3.75 million mt of that coming from Train 5, which started up earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Dominion's 5.25 million mt/year Cove Point LNG has been producing consistently since its start up in the first half of the year.

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Viewpoint: US LNG export capacity to double next year

Published date: 27 December 2018

US nameplate LNG export capacity will likely double by the end of 2019 to 55.7mn t/yr, equivalent to 7.6 Bcf/d (8bn m³/yr) of gas, as all six facilities comprising the first wave of US LNG export projects are scheduled to come on line.

That would make the US the world's third-largest LNG export capacity holder behind Australia at 86.5mn t/yr and Qatar at 77mn t/yr. US peak capacity will likely reach 65mn t/yr by the end of 2019, up by 111pc on the year, but such production is not likely to be sustained over an entire year as it would require long-term ideal conditions, including weather. Nameplate capacity is what a facility expects to produce in the long term with average maintenance and weather, but daily production will fluctuate at higher and lower levels.

US gas production is expected to keep up with higher demand for LNG production and pipeline exports to Mexico. The US Energy Information Administration recently estimated that domestic dry gas production would rise to an average of 90 Bcf/d next year, from 83.3 Bcf/d this year.

Nameplate US LNG export capacity so far this year has grown by 54pc from 2017 to 27.8mn t/yr, while peak capacity also has increased by 54pc to 30.8mn t/yr.

Dominion's 5.25mn t/yr Cove Point LNG facility in Maryland started operations in March and Cheniere Energy's 4.5mn t/yr Corpus Christi LNG train 1 in Texas exported its first cargo on 11 December.

Cheniere previously said its 4.5mn t/yr Sabine Pass LNG train 5 in Louisiana likely would export its first cargo this month.

The second 4.5mn t/yr train at Corpus Christi is expected to start long-term operations in the second half of 2019.

Midstream company Kinder Morgan this month said the 10 small liquefaction trains at its Elba Island LNG export project in Georgia would come on line in phases from the first quarter to the fourth quarter of 2019. That would be a slight delay from the previous schedule of the fourth quarter this year to the third quarter of 2019. The units would have total nameplate capacity of 2.5mn t/yr and peak capacity of 4mn t/yr.

Sempra has said the three trains at its 12mn t/yr Cameron LNG project Louisiana would start operating sequentially next year.

The first of three 4.4mn t/yr trains being completed at the Freeport LNG plant in Texas is expected to start service in September, while trains 2 and 3 would come on line in 2020.

Next year could also see funding of some facilities that would be part of a so-called second wave of US LNG export capacity expected to come on line in the early to mid-2020s. Some of the companies that have said they plan to make positive investment decisions next year are Cheniere for its 4.5mn t/yr Sabine Pass train 6 and 9.5mn t/yr mid-scale train expansion at Corpus Christi; Tellurian for its $15.2bn, 27.6mn t/yr Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana; Venture Global for its $4.5bn, 10mn t/yr Calcasieu Pass LNG facility in Louisiana; NextDecade for its 27mn t/yr Rio Grande LNG project in Texas; Annova LNG for its planned $3bn, 6mn t/yr facility in Texas; Liquefied Natural Gas Limited for its for its $4.35bn, 8mn t/yr Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana; and Texas LNG for the $1bn-$1.2bn, 2mn t/yr initial phase of its project in that state.

Sempra plans to fund construction late next year of its 2.5mn t/yr first-phase Energia Costa Azul LNG export project in northwest Mexico, which would use US feed gas.

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Growth in US LNG capacity, 2016-19 mn t/yr

Feds: Williams can begin service on expansion project supporting two LNG terminals

Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle   Updated 6:57 am CST, Friday, January 4, 2019

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the Oklahoma pipeline company Williams permission to begin service on an expansion project supporting two liquefied natural gas terminals along the Texas Gulf Coast.

In an order issued on Wednesday, FERC officials approved a request from Williams' Houston subsidiary, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., to put its Gulf Connector Expansion Project into service.

Transcontinental, known as Transco, recently completed construction on three compressor stations in Wharton, Victoria and San Patricio counties.

The compressor stations will boost capacity along the natural gas pipeline and allow it to feed Cheniere Energy's Corpus Christi LNG facility and Freeport LNG's facility in Brazoria County.

FERC's decision comes when both Cheniere and Freeport are expected to put their Texas Gulf Coast LNG export terminals into commercial service over the next 18 months.

Cheniere recently sent the first shipment from the first production unit at its Corpus Christi LNG facility and has received permission to begin testing a second unit.

Freeport is expected to put two production units at its facility into service by the end of 2019 and a third unit into service by summer 2020.

With many nations around the globe switching power plants to natural gas, LNG is viewed as a growth industry for U.S. energy producers. Although natural gas burns cleaner than coal, environmentalists contend that LNG's key ingredient, methane, is a potent greenhouse gas.


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