US LNG Exports Rise Steadily, and Shift to Western Europe

The United States exported 13.5 million tons of LNG through May, 2019, up 50% from the same period in 2018.

US exports have been rising since 2016 because of increased production from the shale gas revolution, an increase the IEA projects to continue for at least the next two decades.

Exports in May reached an all-time high of 3.1 million tons:

Asia-Pacific was the largest US export destination to date, with 4.8 million tons. However, shipments to the region were down 4%, higher volumes to Japan, India and others offset by an 84% drop in shipments to China as a result of the trade war and also 8% lower exports to South Korea.

US exports to Western Europe, however, were up 1554% through May, to 4.2 million tons, with the region trending to overtake Asia-Pacific as the top US export destination.

Written by Jean J. Sudol. Data from International Trader Publications’ LNG World Trade Report, a continuously updated online analysis of global LNG trade.