U.S. exported more liquefied natural gas than any other country in the first half 2023, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to data from International Association for Natural Gas, LNG exports from U.S. averaged 11.6 billion cubic feet per day in first half of 2023 – 4.0 percent more than in first half 2022. Australia was runner-up at 10.6 billion cfd, and Qatar was third at 10.4 billion cfd.
EIA said the increase in LNG exports from U.S. primarily resulted from the return to service of Freeport LNG in Texas as global LNG demand remained strong, particularly in Europe. Europe and UK remained the main destination for U.S. LNG exports, accounting for 67 percent of total U.S. exports.
EIA also said Thursday that U.S. exported more natural gas in first half 2023 than in any other six-month period – 12.5 billion cfd or 11 percent above first half 2022. And natural gas pipeline exports to Mexico and Canada reached 8.8 billion cfd in first half 2023 – up 4 percent from first half 2022. U.S. began exports of natural gas in 2016 from Sabine Pass.