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North America to be the frontrunner in global LNG liquefaction capacity

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North America is expected to be the frontrunner in global LNG liquefaction capacity growth through new-build (planned and announced) and expansion projects during the outlook period 2020 to 2024. The region is likely to contribute about 75% of the total growth across the globe by 2024, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

The company’s report, ‘Global Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook for LNG Liquefaction Terminals, 2020 – US and Russia Lead Global Liquefaction Capacity Additions’, reveals that North America is expected to have a new build and expansion LNG liquefaction capacity of nearly 148.1 million tpy by 2024.

Haseeb Ahmed, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, says: “Planned projects with identifiable development plans account for most of the new-build capacity additions in the region with nearly 72% or 106.6 million tpy, while expansion and early-stage announced projects account for the remaining capacity. In North America, 16 new-build and three expansion projects are expected to start operations by 2024. Of these, the Plaquemines terminal in Louisiana has the highest LNG liquefaction capacity additions by 2024 with 20 million tpy.”

Ahmed continues: “The Former Soviet Union is the second-highest region, in terms of global LNG liquefaction capacity growth, with expected capacity additions of 31.2 million tpy by 2024. All of the capacity additions in the region are from the new-build projects. The Arctic-2 Floating and Baltic terminals account for most of the capacity additions with capacities of 13.2 million tpy and 13 million tpy, respectively, by 2024.

“Africa stands third globally with new-build LNG liquefaction capacity additions of 10.1 million tpy by 2024. The Coral Floating terminal in Mozambique is the largest upcoming liquefaction project in the region with a new-build capacity of 3.4 million tpy by 2024.”

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