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Ability of the United States to Compete in the Global LNG Marketplace
(An Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities)

This report analyzes the adequacy of the world’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) producing capacity to meet the needs of the United States (U.S.) natural gas industry and to assess the current and likely future competitiveness of the U.S. in the global market place over the next decade.  The overall goals of this study include:  1) provide an analysis of world LNG availability, import levels, regional demand and prices; 2) evaluate the adequacy of U.S. infrastructure (pipelines, distribution, storage) to accommodate increased LNG imports; 3) project future market mechanisms for the global LNG industry – particularly long-term versus spot contracts and oil-indexation versus domestic gas prices – and identify what the U.S. will need to do to obtain their needed LNG supplies; 4) assess state and federal regulatory developments that have stimulated LNG imports, as well as measures that may be needed in the future to enable the U.S. natural gas industry to participate in the emerging global LNG markets; and 5) analyze geopolitical risks that may impinge upon LNG supplies and offer mitigation strategies for the U.S. natural gas industry.

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