U.S. Becomes World’s Top Exporter of Liquified Natural Gas in 2022

17 January 2022
US Export Data

Main Points

            ·         U.S. to be world’s biggest LNG exporter in 2022.

            ·         Till Sep 2021 data, US saw a record surge of LNG exports to US$ 17,524 million.

            ·         China, South Korea, Brazil and Japan are the biggest buyers of US LNG.

 

The United States of America is set to become the world’s biggest liquified natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2022, surpassing Qatar and Australia, and may hold that title for years to come. According to our US export data, the United States recorded a new high in exports of LNG and reached to US$ 17,524 million (stats till Q3) in 2021. US In this edition, we take a close look at the surge in U.S amid a global energy crisis, and US export statistics of LNG by quarter, year, and foreign country.


US LNG Exports by Quarter


The United States of America saw a record surge in exports of LNG in 2021. Till Sept month, U.S. exported liquified natural gas worth US$ 17,524 million. The second and third quarter of 2020 recorded a major decline in LNG exports due to Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chain restrictions. The recovery, however reported in fourth quarter of 2020. Thereafter, the United States has been recording a good increase in exports of liquefied natural gas.



Quarter

Value US$ Million

2020-Q1

3,625

2020-Q2

2,462

2020-Q3

2,025

2020-Q4

4,932

2021-Q1

5,134

2021-Q2

5,637

2021-Q3

6,753

 


US LNG Exports by Year


Global LNG demand has hit record highs each year since 2016, due mostly to surging demand in China and the rest of Asia. Much of that global appetite has been met by steadily rising U.S. LNG exports, which have reached new records ever since 2016 and is poised to continue in 2022.



Year

Value US$ Million

2010

644

2011

765

2012

480

2013

202

2014

456

2015

370

2016

959

2017

3,470

2018

5,848

2019

9,525

2020

13,045

2021 (Till Q3)

17,524

 


US LNG Exports by Country


In 2021, most of U.S. LNG exports went to Asia with about 13% going to China & South Korea each, 10% to Japan, and 7% to Spain. Till Sept 2021 data, China, South Korea and Brazil recorded an increase in the value of LNG shipments which arrived from the United States. Other countries recorded a rise were India, Spain, Chile, Argentina, and Netherlands. Japan and Turkey saw a decline in the value of LNG consignments arrived from the U.S. Analyze US LNG exports by country with statistics reported in Q1, Q2 & Q3 of 2021.



Country

2021-Q1 (Value US$ Million)

2021-Q2 (Value US$ Million)

2021-Q3 (Value US$ Million)

China

496

725

953

South Korea

630

863

935

Brazil

311

445

888

Japan

666

587

491

India

340

313

428

Spain

213

245

422

Chile

253

179

340

Argentina

14

240

282

Netherlands

198

297

260

Turkey

251

19

230

 

US export capacity should continue to grow in the coming years, and could peak to 13.9 billion cubic feet per day by the end of 2022. But rival producers are also building new infrastructure, with Qatar planning to boost its LNG capacity to 126 million tonnes per year. That would allow Qatar to reclaim the title of top exporter from the United States later this decade. Get updated data of US LNG export market right here.

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