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Fueling the Future: LNG Emerges as a Global Energy Game Changer

LNG tanks on a ship

Shehriyar Antia, head of thematic research at asset manager PGIM said this week “When it comes to LNG infrastructure, Cheniere is a company that provides the infrastructure necessary to liquefy as well as re-gasifying natural gas,” Natural gas is becoming increasingly important worldwide as a key energy source, especially as a transitional fuel amid rising demand and expanding international trade infrastructure. Once limited to regional pipelines, natural gas now competes with oil on the global market, thanks to advances in liquefaction technology. Over the past decade, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade has nearly doubled, linking 20 exporting and 51 importing markets globally. This growth, driven by improvements in gas liquefaction, allows efficient shipping across oceans, turning natural gas into a viable global commodity.

The United States, led by companies like Cheniere Energy, plays a major role in the global LNG sector, which has significant export volumes. Cheniere, known for its extensive LNG facilities along the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrates the sector’s ability to handle both liquefaction and re-gasification processes crucial for international gas transport. Analysts predict a substantial 43% increase in LNG capacity to 700 million metric tons annually by 2030, with China becoming the largest importer. Despite ongoing debates about its environmental impact compared to coal, natural gas is increasingly seen as a vital ’transition fuel,’ supporting renewable energy sources by providing reliable power generation.

Furthermore, LNG’s importance extends beyond energy markets to national security, especially evident in Europe’s efforts to diversify energy sources after disruptions in Russia-Ukraine relations. As Europe seeks alternatives to Russian gas, the U.S. has become a key LNG supplier, highlighting LNG’s role in enhancing energy security among allies. Looking ahead, policies supporting LNG expansion are crucial as global stakeholders balance energy needs, environmental concerns, and geopolitical stability in the changing global energy landscape.


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