Uncertainty about gas quality could delay US LNG imports

The significant expansion of plans to bring LNG into the US has raised questions and prompted debate about natural gas quality.In a recent report, the US Energy Information Administration stated that LNG imports will become an important part of the US energy market.1 In February 2004, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a session on natural gas interchangeability and gas quality issues.2 Issues raised at the FERC hearing such as the condensation of heavier hydrocarbons in gas distribution were probably unrelated to LNG imports, but LNG imports could conceivably cause other problems related to natural gas quality.Although some of the submitted comments at the hearing dealt wit...

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