Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that is cooled to its liquid form at -260 ° Fahrenheit. LNG has a volume approximately 600 times smaller than its gaseous form, which allows it to be more easily traded internationally via cargo ships. Once the LNG reaches its destination, it is warmed to its original gaseous state.
Currently, the U.S. is a net importer of natural gas, however, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), published in July 2016, predicted that the U.S. will become a net natural gas exporter starting in the second half of 2017. In the STEO, the EIA articulated that the increase in natural gas exports, largely from the startup of Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG and the natural gas pipeline to Mexico, will cause a decrease in imports, thus transforming the U.S. into a net exporter of natural gas.
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