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Playing an Increasingly Critical Role in the Global LNG Supply Chain

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and exports are booming in Louisiana and set to grow further. Though demand for LNG has been increasing for several years, it surged in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, further elevating Louisiana’s longstanding prominence in the global energy supply chain.

Geography and Logistics

  • Louisiana boasts three of the nation’s seven LNG export terminals, with more facilities planned.
  • Nearly 50,000 miles of integrated pipelines crisscross every major highway, railroad and navigable waterway in the state.
  • The state holds 8% of the nation’s natural gas reserves.
  • Located outside of Lafayette, the Henry Hub is a natural gas pipeline that serves as the official delivery location for New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) futures contracts. 

Geography and Logistics

Private Investments

Cheniere Energy

Operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, the first LNG export terminal in the United States, the facility has six liquefaction trains, which can produce up to 30 million tons of LNG per year.

Venture Global

Operating the Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal which shipped its first exports in March 2022 to ports in the Netherlands and France. The company is also currently constructing the Plaquemines LNG facility which will have 1.3 miles of deep-water frontage, thirty-six liquefaction trains, six pre-treatment trains and three ship loading berths.

Workforce and Higher Ed

McNeese State University - LNG Center of Excellence

The LNG Center of Excellence at McNeese State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical engineering with a concentration in LNG. The center also conducts research in areas such as LNG processing and storage, safety and risk management and environmental impact assessment and also provides training and professional development opportunities for industry professionals.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Energy Institute

The Energy Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a hub for research in areas like LNG production, transportation and storage, as well as utilization and emissions reduction.