US gas-quality specs may burden LNG imports

The weak US gas processing economic environment may increase the cost of imported LNG, as LNG importers are forced to process imported LNG volumes in order to meet US pipeline specifications. The growing interest in importing LNG into North America is driven by the hemisphere's high natural gas prices relative to other regions of the world, a situation created by imminent and long-term shortages of domestically produced natural gas.Purvin & Gertz estimates that, even with increased gas imports from Canada, the US will need more than 3.1 tcf/year of natural gas by 2010. Imported LNG will need to make up much of this shortfall.In response to additional LNG demand, around the world as we...

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