How Marcellus/Utica Gas Feeds Sabine Pass & Cameron LNG in La.

Last week MDN brought you an RBN Energy article that outlines how Marcellus/Utica gas hitches a ride to the Gulf Coast to feed several LNG export facilities–specifically the newly-minted Cameron LNG export facility (see Marcellus/Utica Gas Heads to Gulf Coast to Feed LNG Export Beast). LNG exports along the Gulf Coast are a hugely important current and future market for Marcellus/Utica gas. Today RBN is back with more details on the intricate network of pipelines used to get our gas to both the Sabine Pass and Cameron LNG export facilities located in Louisiana.
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Democrat House Members Try to Block New Fortress LNG by Rail

Two radical left members of the U.S. House of Representatives–Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ)–sent a follow-up letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting an update on where the special permit for Energy Transport Solutions, LLC to move liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail stands now that the public comment period has closed. The letter was not *really* about seeking information, but about threatening PHMSA, signaling that the agency had darned well better block LNG by rail. Or else.
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Delaware Riverkeeper Scores Minor Victory in LNG Export Case

Score a (very) minor victory for THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, in her holy mission to block a new fully authorized and permitted LNG export loading facility due to get built on the New Jersey bank of her beloved Delaware River (she thinks she owns the river and “speaks” for it). Riverkeeper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for information about a facility New Fortress Energy is planning for a former DuPont dynamite factory site in NJ.
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Marcellus/Utica Gas Heads to Gulf Coast to Feed LNG Export Beast

Marcellus/Utica gas hitches a ride to the Gulf Coast to feed several LNG export facilities. We previously outlined how some gas flows to Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG plant via Williams’ Transco system (see Williams Confirms Transco Now Ships Gas Directly to Cheniere LNG). We also told you about Utica gas reaching Sabine Pass via a connection from Rover Pipeline (see Some Rover Gas Flows All the Way to Gulf Coast LNG Export Plant). The experts at RBN Energy outline how M-U gas is flowing to the newly-minted Cameron LNG export facility (also in the Lake Charles area, near Sabine Pass) via the recently completed Mountaineer Xpress and Gulf Xpress pipeline expansions.
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Mass. NatGas Power Plant Wants Nothing to Do with LNG Virtual Pipe

Last November MDN told you that Northeast Energy Center, backed by Liberty Energy and NorthStar Industries, is proposing to build an LNG liquefaction plant in central Massachusetts (see LNG Liquefaction Plant May be Coming to Central Massachusetts). The plan is to connect to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and chill natural gas into LNG for delivery to businesses and organizations like hospitals that are not connected to a natgas pipeline–but want to use this cheaper, cleaner-burning fuel source.
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Can a Single US LNG Export Facility Affect the Price of NatGas?

No doubt you’ve noticed the price of natural gas has been relatively low over the past few weeks, dropping from around $2.40 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) a month ago to now flirting with $2/Mcf. The last time gas prices went below $2/Mcf was in 2016. One of the reasons, believe it or not, that the price has fallen dramatically over the past few days is because of a single LNG export facility–Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass facility (which exports some M-U gas).
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LNG Virtual Pipe Co Stabilis Buys/Merges in American Electric

Stabilis Energy, based in Houston, TX, offers a complete range of fully integrated LNG fueling solutions from LNG production to LNG distribution and technical support across North America. Stabilis has just bought out and merged in another company, American Electric Technologies. And believe it or not, there IS a Marcellus/Utica tie-in.
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Proposed New Federal Law Would Harm U.S. LNG Exports

U.S. Senator from Mississippi John Wicker (Republican), and Congressman John Garimendi from wacko California (Democrat), have re-introduced a really bad bill euphemistically called Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. We’ve extensively covered the 1920 Jones Act that prevents any shipping from one U.S. port to another unless the ship is *built* and *owned* by Americans. The Jones Act prevents us from shipping homegrown LNG to any ports because there are not big LNG carries made here in the U.S. (see The Jones Act Means Puerto Rico Can’t Import Marcellus LNG). The Energizing American Shipbuilding Act would go further than the Jones Act and require 15% of U.S. LNG exported to other countries be required to use American made and flagged LNG carriers.
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McKinsey: Marcellus Production Will Grow 6% per Year Thru 2030

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Powerhouse consulting firm McKinsey & Co. recently released the “North American gas outlook to 2030” report (summary below) with some interesting findings. Among them: Natural gas production in the Marcellus/Utica will rise an average of 6% per year from now until 2030 (next 11 years). And because of the huge supply of gas coming from M-U and the Permian, the price of natural gas will average $2.75 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) for the long-term, perhaps even a bit lower than $2.75. That’s certainly unwelcome news–but we have to know what we’re dealing with to know how to meet the challenges ahead.
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The Jones Act Means Puerto Rico Can’t Import Marcellus LNG

A recent article by the American Enterprise Institute tackles the issue of how the Jones Act is keeping Puerto Ricans from fully recovering from Hurricane Maria, which happened in 2017. Puerto Rico is U.S. territory, subject to U.S. laws. One of those laws is the 1920 Jones Act, which makes it illegal to ship anything from one U.S. port to another U.S. port if the ship was not made here in the U.S. and crewed by Americans (under a U.S. “flag”). Since there are zero LNG carriers manufactured in the U.S.–that means Puerto Rico can’t receive U.S. LNG (in particular Marcellus LNG) to help in its recovery. What a travesty.
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What Route Will New Fortress LNG Train Take from NEPA to NJ Pier?

As we have and continue to cover, there is an exciting development happening in northeastern Pennsylvania. New Fortress Energy has begun to clear the site where they will build an LNG liquefaction plant in Wyalusing (see Work Begins to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). Wyalusing is hundreds of miles from the nearest port where ships can load LNG. The LNG has to get from Wyalusing (point A) to a proposed new pier New Fortress plans to build on the Delaware River (point B).
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New Fortress Working on Deal to Send Marcellus LNG to Philippines

A newspaper in the Philippines is reporting that New Fortress Energy, the company currently building one (rumored to be two) liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction plants in the northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus, has approached the Philippines Department of Energy (DoE) about building an onshore LNG import terminal that would be integrated with a gas-fired power plant.
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Liberty Utilities to Make Case for Granite Bridge LNG Tank in NH

In May 2018, Liberty Utilities, a New Hampshire company, announced a new pipeline project called Granite Bridge–27 miles of new natural gas pipeline to be buried along Route 101 from Stratham to Manchester (see Liberty Utilities Floats Plan for 27-Mile Pipeline in Southern NH). Part of the Granite Bridge project includes building an LNG storage facility located midway along the pipeline near Epping. Later this month Liberty will host an LNG safety demonstration at the Epping Middle School gymnasium in their effort to win state and public approval for the project.
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KM Says Elba Island in “Advanced Stage” of Commissioning/Startup

Kinder Morgan (KM), perhaps the largest pipeline company in the United States, was first out of the chute yesterday with a financial and operational update for the second quarter. While KM maintains a number of pipelines in the northeast, primarily the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, our main focus in reviewing yesterday’s update is for new information about the long-delayed Elba Island LNG export facility along the coast of Georgia. Elba Island will export Marcellus/Utica molecules.

We updated this post on 7/19/19 with new information.
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Dela. River LNG Export Dock Will Get Up to 360 Truck Trips/Day

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The propaganda drumbeat against a proposed LNG dock facility in New Jersey continues by Big Green. New Fortress Energy is building a natural gas liquefying plant in northeastern Pennsylvania. The LNG produced at the plant will get trucked to the bank of the Delaware River on the New Jersey side where New Fortress plans to build a pier allowing two ships at a time to dock and load the LNG. Here’s the latest line of attack against that plan: That loading facility *may* see up to 360 truck trips per day. Which is supposed to enrage area residents against the plan.
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