LNG Energy Exporters – U.S. Might Top the World

John R. Siegel in Barron's Magazine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tthe U.S. could become the largest exporter of LNG in the world, with reservations, providing ...

By 2017 the U.S. could be the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world, surpassing leading LNG exporters Qatar and Australia. There is one big "if," however. America can produce more gas, export a surplus, improve the trade deficit, create jobs, generate taxable profits and reduce its dependence on foreign energy if the marketplace is allowed to work and politics doesn't get in the way, postulates John R. Siegel. President of investment advisors J.J. Richardson in a Barron's article.

He provides as an example: In May 2011 Cheniere Energy received an Energy Department license to export LNG from its Sabine Pass LNG import terminal in Louisiana. Cheniere subsequently reached long-term deals with the U.K.'s BG Group, Spain's Gas Natural and India's GAIL. Cheniere is targeting operation in 2016 and plans to export up to 730 billion cubic feet of LNG annually, roughly 3% of current U.S. gas production.

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