U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have been growing steadily and reached a new peak of 4.7 billion cubic feet per day (cf/d) in May 2019, according to the latest data published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. This year, the U.S. became the world’s third-largest LNG exporter, averaging 4.2 billion cf/d in the first five months of the year, exceeding Malaysia’s LNG exports of 3.6 billion cf/d during the same period. The U.S. is expected to remain the third-largest LNG exporter in the world, behind Australia and Qatar, in 2019–20.
U.S. LNG exports have increased as four new liquefaction units (trains) with a combined capacity of 2.4 billion cf/d—Sabine Pass Train 5, Corpus Christi Trains 1 and 2, and Cameron Train 1—came online since November 2018. Although Asian countries have continued to account for a large share of U.S. LNG exports, shipments to Europe have increased significantly since October 2018 and accounted for almost 40% of U.S. LNG exports in the first five months of 2019. LNG exports to Europe surpassed exports to Asia for the first time in January 2019.