US LNG imports poised to play long-term supply role

Click here to enlarge imageAfter languishing for nearly 20 years, LNG imports to the US appear ready to play a moderate role in meeting short-term gas demands.Long-term (after 2010), imported LNG will be a major source in meeting US East Coast natural gas demands, especially through the existing three East Coast receiving terminals. ImportsTotal 1998 LNG imports increased 9.9% to 85.45 billion cu ft (bcf) from 77.78 bcf in 1997. Algeria supplied 68.57 bcf, Australia 11.63 bcf, and Abu Dhabi 5.25 bcf.About 49.8% of the imported LNG arrived at Distrigas Corp.'s terminal north of Boston; the remaining, at the CMS Trunkline LNG terminal in Lake Charles, La.LNG imports during 1995 were a...

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