Regulatory hurdles, economics cloud prospects for US LNG exports

James T. Jensen Jensen Associates Weston, Mass. As with most LNG news from North America, excess is common (Fig. 1). In fact, most proposed and planned LNG export projects will never see the light of day. Selecting which will be successful, however, has been likened to "handicapping a horse race." Such handicapping against the competition requires an understanding of regulatory hurdles and competitive economics. Turnaround Of the 71 million tonnes of global LNG liquefaction capacity that came on line between 2009 and 2011, 26% was originally destined for North American markets. As of July 1, 2012, however, there are 12 LNG export projects proposed for the US and 3 for Canada....

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