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2011 April 6
NATS has published a special report entitled "A Reversal of Fortunes" that analyzes the trends in the U.S. natural gas market that have limited LNG imports in recent years. The report predicts that market players will seek to export LNG from the United States, but notes that U.S. LNG exporters may face challenges competing with other LNG producers worldwide. [Red bold emphasis added.]
Webmaster’s Comments: The US is drowning in domestic natural gas. Foreign LNG competition to US exporters may mean that export projects fail, keeping domestic supply flooded and prices down — to the benefit of US consumers and industry.
The first is a barge-based plant which would either be moored or grounded at the project site - district lot 99 on the west side of the Douglas Channel about halfway between the RTA smelter and the proposed Northern Gateway oil terminal.
The alternative is a land-based liquefaction plant at the same location. [Red bold emphasis added.]
The USA turned into the biggest natural gas producer in 2009, passing Russia. Half of the supply is already derived from unconventional sources, i.e. CBM (coal bed methane), shale gas, and tight gas. Currently shale gas accounts for about 15% of the US gas supply. This figure could grow to almost a third, given that the two fields Marcellus and Haynesville indicate rising production rates. T. Boone Pickens even expects a market share of 50% by the year 2020, whereas the EIA is slightly more pessimistic in expecting shale gas to cover about 45% of the entire supply by 2035. [Red bold emphasis added.]
With the U.S. producing all-time record quantities of gas, the oversupply has depressed prices. The U.S. has no real need to import natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas. In fact, country is regarded as a market of last resort for LNG cargoes because North America has more capacity to store gas than most other gas-consuming regions of the world. In total, the U.S. imports less than 10 percent of the gas it consumes, with virtually all of those imports coming from Canada. [Red bold emphasis added.]
The resolution has already been signed by Fall River, 11 Rhode Island towns and a small group of public officials that first circulated the resolution last August. It has been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
SOMERSET — Somerset has joined Fall River, 11 Rhode Island towns and a handful of public officials in signing a resolution opposing an offshore liquefied natural gas terminal proposed by Weaver’s Cove Energy, the Herald News reported on Thursday.
The recent story on the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the New England gas market ("Terminals built, but LNG imports fizzle," March 30) did not mention that during the winter of 2009-2010, Excelerate Energy's Northeast Gateway (NEG) Deepwater Port provided about 20 percent of the gas New England used between November 2009 and February 2010.
Webmaster’s Comments: This letter by Excelerate Energy President Rob Bryngelson attempts to divert attention from the point made in the earlier article. The natural gas picture has reversed, obviating the need for Mr. Bryngelson's new offshore Northeast Gateway LNG terminal.
As a result of the overwhelming amount of information received by the task force in opposition to the project and concerns about the project’s impact on the environment and public safety, the resolution calls on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny the necessary approvals for the project.
Regular LNG shipments to the new Weaver’s Cove facility — most often during the cold-weather months, when there are few recreational boaters on Mount Hope and Narragansett bays — would tend to lower the cost of energy to our region, reduce the need to clutter dangerous highways with heavily polluting trucks, and provide a comparatively clean-burning fuel. [Bold emphasis added.]
Webmaster’s Comments: Since the US is sitting on a 100-year domestic supply of natural gas, since LNG is fetching twice the price in Asia as in the US, and and since the massive Macellus shale gas field is so near New England, it is unlikely that imported LNG would reduce regional energy costs.
Webmaster’s Comments: Center for LNG director Cooper failed to mention the LNG industry's lack of veracity and full disclosure — as is evidenced even in his op-ed piece. For instance…
- Although LNG begins to evaporate the moment it leaves containment, the resulting LNG vapor must warm up by 100° F before it becomes buoyant enough to rise in the atmosphere. In the meantime, the vapor hugs the ground, blowing with the wind. It could enter confinement (e.g., beneath or in a car, in a storm sewer, or in a building), creating a confined vapor explosion hazard.
- When gasoline vaporizes and becomes flammable, it expands to less than half the volume that LNG vapor expands to — meaning LNG vapor endangers more than twice the area as gasoline vapor.
- When gasoline burns it produces copious smoke, masking the thermal radiation, while LNG vapors produce little smoke. LNG presents a greater thermal radiation hazard at distance than does gasoline.
The Department of Energy has denied a motion to intervene filed out of time by the American Public Gas Association (APGA) in the Sabine Pass Liquefaction proceeding. In its order, DOE determined that APGA did not demonstrate good cause for its failure to timely intervene in the proceeding, though DOE will permit the comments filed by APGA to remain in the record as late-filed comments by a non-party.