for US LNG exports
American officials concede its latest sanction efforts may not be enough to halt completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Together, Australia, Qatar, and the U.S. will account for 60 percent of global LNG capacity by 2023. Meanwhile, China will dominate demand growth going forward, importing increasing volumes of LNG to replace coal-fired electricity and coal-burning furnaces.
Rising imports from China are helping to reduce the large surplus of supply, and LNG prices are rising again, marking an end to a several-year downturn in the market.
Despite recent bullish developments and the sharp increase in LNG exports, the U.S. natural gas market is expected to remain well supplied throughout 2018.
With purchases of U.S. crude, European countries are able to reduce Russia’s leverage and force Moscow to negotiate and be more cooperative.