LNG Imports from USA – Implications for India
(Jan – Mar 2018)

Introduction:

With the shale gas production increasing, USA is slated to become a major exporter of LNG. LNG Liquefaction Projects (approx. 140 MMTPA) have been approved and are in various stages of construction. USA is expected to be one of top three exporters along with Australia and Qatar once this capacity comes on stream. Countries like India were looking at importing low cost LNG( henry hub pricing had advantage over the crude oil linked pricing) from USA as a secured supply of natural gas to decrease emissions and diversify their fuel mix. Asian companies were biggest buyers of US LNG due to its price advantage vis- a-vis crude oil linked LNG. However, with the fall of crude prices from 2015 onwards, US LNG became uncompetitive. This paper examines the growth of US LNG exports, the regulatory requirements and lessons learnt with sudden fall of crude prices and suggest way forward in sourcing LNG from USA.

LNG Imports from USA – Implications for India (Jan – Mar 2018)