CLNG advocates for a growing global LNG market and the many benefits that accompany it.
U.S. LNG exports benefit both the United States and the world by providing affordable clean natural gas to our trading partners in need while providing economic benefits at home. As countries around the world join us in seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel economic growth, and provide reliable electricity and energy access, the global market for LNG continues to grow.
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In 2019, nearly 40% of the natural gas used around the world was transported as LNG. This trend looks to grow even more as large markets in Asia and the developing world seek to improve their air quality and reduce greenhouse emissions, while providing reliable power and helping to raise their citizens out of poverty.
The United States is currently the third largest exporter of LNG in the world by volume, having exported over 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas since 2016. Even as exports of U.S. LNG have grown, the domestic supply of natural gas has also grown, as production of U.S. natural gas has benefited from a new source of demand.
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U.S. LNG export infrastructure moves billions of cubic feet per day (BCF/D) of natural gas from production to the liquefaction facility and on to global markets. There are currently six export terminals in the lower 48 states, representing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country, with more projects under construction or approved for construction. The United States is presently the third largest exporter of LNG, having exported over 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas since 2016.
Learn more about U.S. LNG Export Infrastructure at the resources below.
- Energy Information Administration LNG Exports Page
- Map of Active LNG Export Terminals
- Map of LNG Export Terminals Under Construction or Approved
As with any large project, LNG terminal operators consider safety their top priority.
LNG exports are possible due to the size of U.S. natural gas production and the robust network of infrastructure linking the natural gas value chain.
Since technological breakthroughs unlocked vast supplies of natural gas in the United States around 2008, our production, consumption, and proven reserves of natural gas have dramatically risen, even as prices for consumers have remained stable and affordable, helping to spur a manufacturing and clean energy revolution and reducing energy bills for households and businesses.
Our ample, stable, and reliable production of natural gas helps enable exports and ensures American natural gas can compete on the growing global market.
Learn more about U.S. natural gas production and the resource base here