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  1. Liquefied natural gas exports expected to drive growth in U.S. natural gas trade

    The United States is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas on an average annual basis by 2018, according to the recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017) Reference case. The transition to net exporter is driven by declining pipeline imports, growing pipeline exports, and increasing exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In most AEO2017 cases, the United States is also projected to become a net exporter of total energy in the 2020s in large part because of increasing natural gas exports. In 2016, the United States was a net importer of natural gas, with net imports of 0.9 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), or 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). As several LNG export projects currently under construction are completed, LNG exports are expected to make up a growing share of natural gas exports and to surpass pipeline exports of natural gas by 2020. The Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana became the first operating LNG export facility in the Lower 48 states in 2016. By 2021, four LNG export facilities currently under construction are expected to be completed. Combined, these five plants are expected to have an operational export capacity of 9.2 billion cubic feet per day. After 2021, projected U.S. exports of LNG grow at a more modest rate as U.S. natural gas faces growing competition from other global LNG suppliers. U.S. exports of natural gas by pipeline to Mexico are also expected to increase. U.S. exports to Mexico have doubled since 2009 and are projected to continue rising through at least 2020 as pipeline projects currently under construction are completed. U.S. imports of natural gas, most of which come by pipeline from western Canada, are projected to continue declining. In addition to importing less natural gas from Canada, primarily from Alberta, increasing amounts of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica basins in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States are expected to flow to eastern Canadian provinces. Despite these trends, the United States is expected to remain a net importer of natural gas by pipeline from Canada through 2040 in all but one case in the AEO2017 analysis. In the High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology case, higher natural gas production leads to greater exports of natural gas, and the United States becomes a net exporter of natural gas by pipeline to Canada by 2030. The growth of natural gas exports, especially from new LNG terminals, sustains continued growth in U.S. natural gas production. In the Reference case, natural gas production is projected to grow through 2020 at about the same rate (3.6% annual average) as it has since 2005, when production of natural gas from shale formations began to grow rapidly. After 2020, natural gas production grows at a lower rate (1.0% annual average) in the Reference case as net export growth moderates, energy efficiencies increase, and natural gas prices slowly rise. Natural gas production and trade vary with different assumptions for resources and technology, macroeconomic growth, and world oil prices. In the High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology case, larger natural gas resource estimates and improved drilling technology lead to higher domestic natural gas production, lower U.S. natural gas prices, and therefore, greater natural gas exports. Most of the increase in natural gas trade is from LNG exports, which grow to 8.4 Tcf (23 Bcf/d) in 2040. However, LNG exports are highest in a case with high world oil prices. In the High Oil Price case, when consumers move away from petroleum products when other energy sources become economically favorable, global LNG demand increases and U.S. LNG exports reach 9.2 Tcf, or 25 Bcf/d. Compared with other LNG suppliers, U.S. LNG has the advantage of domestic spot prices that are less sensitive to global oil prices. Conversely, in a scenario with more pessimistic assumptions for oil and gas resources and technology or a scenario with low world oil prices, LNG exports still increase, but remain below Reference case levels through 2040. More information about expectations for trade, production, and consumption of natural gas and other fuels is available in EIA’s A Annual Energy Outlook 2017 . Principal contributor: Katie Dyl

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  2. Natural Gas Pipeline: $3.2B Sabal Trail pipeline on target for June operation

    A 515-mile-long natural gas pipeline under construction in east Alabama is on target to begin operation in June.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  3. Coal News: Natural gas could cost less than coal for Kemper plant

    Mississippi Power Co. says the power plant it's building in Kemper County will be cheaper to run on natural gas than on its planned fuel of lignite coal unless gas prices are high.

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  4. Natural Gas Pipeline: Official recommends Pinelands Commission approve pipeline

    The New Jersey commission considering a new gas pipeline through the Pinelands should approve the project when it meets next week, the panel's executive director said in a report.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  1. Natural Gas Pipeline: Regulators seek citizen input on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: New Mexico contemplates new powers for oil regulators

    The New Mexico Legislature may restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 per day against oil and natural gas companies for violations of operating and environmental rules.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  3. Utility Company: 1,200 customers lose gas service in poor Pittsburgh suburb

    Utility crews have been working to restore natural gas service to about 1,200 customers in a poorer Pittsburgh suburb.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  4. Oil and Gas: Texas easing out of downturn, oil association leader says

    Texas' oil and natural gas industry added 4,700 new jobs between September and December last year and is starting to "ease out of the dramatic downturn."

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    Thu, 23 Feb 2017

  5. Natural Gas Pipeline: Natural gas leaks from pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet

    Natural gas for at least 10 days has leaked from an underwater natural gas pipeline in Alaska's Cook Inlet and floating ice has prevented divers from reaching the site.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  6. Fluor awarded contract for Woodfibre LNG project in Canada

    Fluor has signed an agreement with JGC America, Inc. to provide construction-related support to the front-end engineering and design services for the Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  7. Natural Gas Pipeline: PennEast proposed gas pipeline gets water quality approval

    A natural gas pipeline project proposed to run from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey has gotten a key permit from Pennsylvania.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  8. Natural Gas Pipeline: Early-morning pipeline explosion lights up South Texas sky

    A natural gas pipeline has exploded in South Texas, in a fiery display that lit up the sky and could be seen for miles.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2017

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