COMMENT — Consultant: US LNG exports likely in near term

In June 2010, Cheniere Energy announced its intention to export US gas as LNG as it made plans to build liquefaction at its existing—and recently completed—import terminal on the Sabine Pass, Cameron Parrish, La. Photo from Cheniere Energy.We are on the brink of a new opening of LNG exports from an unexpected source, according to Fereidun Fesharaki, chairman of FACTS Global Energy, in a recent analysis.Only 3-4 years ago, the US was expected to be the second-largest LNG importer in the world. Now, he said, it hopes to export almost 25 million tonnes/year (tpy) from the US Gulf Coast and a yet-to-be-determined quantity from the East Coast.Skeptics of the plans have pointed to t...

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