Gas flows to US LNG export plants rise after storm, still near zero at Louisiana plants, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


The amount of gas flowing to US liquefied natural gas export facilities was on track to rise for a second day on Friday after collapsing to its lowest level since February 2019 earlier in the week when two plants in Louisiana shut for Hurricane Laura.

Cheniere Energy Inc’s Sabine Pass and Cameron LNG‘s Cameron export plants in Louisiana continued to take in almost no pipeline gas on Friday, according to preliminary data from Refinitiv that is subject to change later in the day.

Flows to other LNG export plants, however, were on track to rise to 2.8 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) on Friday after dropping to an 18-month low of 2.3 bcfd on Wednesday when Sabine and Cameron shut, according to Refinitiv.

One billion cubic feet is enough gas for about 5 million US homes for a day.

Energy firms along the Gulf Coast, including Cheniere and Cameron, are conducting damage assessments as they prepare to return their oil and gas plants and pipes to service.

Cameron LNG said its assessment will continue over the next few days. Once complete, a timeline of activities to restart operations will follow, it said.

There were at least two LNG vessels in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday morning waiting to enter Sabine Pass and Cameron once it is safe to do so, according to data from Refinitiv.

Gaslog Shanghai, the vessel waiting to go to Sabine, however, has since turned to go to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi plant in Texas. Officials at Cheniere were not immediately available for comment.

No LNG vessels have been at either Sabine or Cameron since Sunday as all kinds of ships steered clear of the Gulf this week while they waited to see where Hurricane Laura would hit.

Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday as a major Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (241 km per hour).

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