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U.S. LNG Imports Nosedive in Jan

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U.S. imports of liquefied natural gas in January slid 60.8% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Energy data.

LNG imports by U.S. were at 338,297 mt in January.

Most of the LNG supplies in January were shipped from Trinidad and Tobago (four cargoes), while Qatar and Yemen shipped one cargo each.

U.S. imports have been declining steadily as shippers send LNG to higher-paying markets in Europe and Asia.

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USA: Golden Pass LNG Plans Re-Exports

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The U.S. Golden Pass LNG Terminal (GPLNG) said Wednesday it will seek the necessary authorizations from the U.S. Department of Energy to re-export LNG that has previously been imported into the United States and stored at the terminal.

GPLNG intends to receive foreign-sourced LNG at its terminal facility, store such volumes of LNG temporarily at its terminal, and then send it out of the terminal for export to foreign markets.

The Golden Pass LNG Terminal said in a statement to DOE that the original design of the terminal incorporated the ability for the terminal to load onto ships LNG stored at the terminal.

Therefore, no new facilities and no modifications of existing facilities will be required in order to provide re-export service.

GPLNG will, however, need to modify its existing operating procedures to address the proposed re-export activities, it said in a statement.

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USA: Sempra Files with DOE to Export LNG from Cameron Terminal

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Sempra Energy has become the sixth US company, and fourth in the US Gulf, with formal intentions to export US natural gas as LNG, having filed a request with US regulators on Thursday to send out 12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) from its existing Cameron LNG site.

The California-based company asked the US Department of Energy (DOE) for consent to send up to 1.7 billion cubic feet (bcf)/day (0.05 million cubic metres/day) to free-trade-friendly countries for 20 years.

Sempra said the Thursday document was the first in a two-part process, with a request to export to non-free-trade nations to follow.

The subsequent application to export domestic LNG to non-FTA countries will require an analysis of the public interest, and Cameron LNG will provide additional evidence regarding the public interest as part of that application,” Sempra said in the DOE filing.

Sempra’s export intention brings the total amount of conceived large-scale liquefaction in the lower 48 US states to more than 67mtpa.

Sempra’s DOE application follows the company’s previously announced plans to proceed with a liquefaction facility at its 1.5bn cubic feet (bcf)/day Cameron LNG import terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Sempra CEO Debra Reed said during a quarterly earnings call on 4 November that the company had received strong interest from “large, credit-worthy counterparties” seeking liquefaction services from Cameron LNG on a long-term contract basis.

Sempra provided no commercial details in its DOE filing.

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Source -  LNG World News

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