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LNG Imports to U.S. Reach 507 bcf


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Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the United States in 2003 totaled 507 billion cubic feet (Bcf), which is more than double the previous record for LNG deliveries to this country in a single year, according to the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. The previous record was established in 1979, when the United States received 253 Bcf from Algeria.

Last year, while Algeria supplies totaled just 53 Bcf, Trinidad for the fourth consecutive year was the source country with the largest volume imports to the United States, delivering 378 Bcf in 173 cargoes. Trinidad supplies accounted for approximately 75 percent of LNG imported to the United States. Other source countries included Nigeria (50 Bcf), Qatar (13.6 Bcf), Oman (8.6 Bcf), and Malaysia (2.7 Bcf).

Southern Union’s LNG terminal, located in Lake Charles, LA, received the largest volume of any U.S. terminal in 2003 with receipts of 238 Bcf, all through short-term or “spot” cargo sales. Distrigas received 158 Bcf, all from Trinidad, at its Everett, MA, terminal. Dominion’s Cove Point, MD, terminal, which re-opened in August 2003 for international trade, received 66 Bcf, while El Paso’s Elba Island, GA, terminal received the least of the four operating terminals with only 44 Bcf over the year.

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