May 11, 2011 / 7:54 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-North America natural gas export plans

 NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) - Southern Union SUG.N and BG Group BG.L
filed an application to build a U.S. natural gas export plant this week, the
third such filing in a year as companies look to make the most of cheap
domestic gas compared to higher-paying markets in Europe and Asia.
 Massive increases in North American gas production have eroded import needs
and prompted companies to consider exporting domestically-produced gas overseas
in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
 LNG import terminals built on the expectation that the U.S. would soon be a
major importer of LNG have sat largely idle since 2008 as shale gas production
soared. Terminal developers are now hoping to build export facilities at their
existing or planned import sites.
 LNG is natural gas cooled to a liquid for transport in specially designed
tankers.
 In addition to the three terminals which have filed for permits in the
United States, there are two proposals in Canada. Three other projects are
being considered in North America.
 Below is a table showing the planned LNG export plants. Capacity is in
billion cubic feet per day.
FILED FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL
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PROJECT        STATE         COMPANY               START UP      SIZE
USA
Sabine Pass    Louisiana     Cheniere Energy         2015         1*   
Lake Charles   Louisiana     Southern/BG             TBD          2    
Freeport LNG   Texas         Freeport/Macquarie      2015         1.4  
CANADA
Kitimat LNG       BC         Apache/EOG/Encana       2015         0.7
LNG Export Co-Op  BC         LNG Partners/Haisla     2014         0.12
                          Nation
UNDER CONSIDERATION
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USA
Cove Point     Maryland      Dominion                2015         TBD
Jordon Cove    Oregon        Fort Chicago/Energy     2016         TBD
                          Projects Development
CANADA
Prince Rupert     BC         Shell                   N/A          1-2 bcfd
*potential expansion to 2 bcfd
(Compiled by Edward McAllister; Editing by David Gregorio)


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