The liquefied natural gas that will supply the second U.S. LNG export facility is now operating nearby Lusby, MD.
A new liquefaction plant at the former LNG import facility is now up and running with volumes provided by Shell, Dominion Energy said on Thursday.
Exports are expected to being in early March.
Start up at Cove Point, which has nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa, is another milestone for the U.S. natural gas industry. The country began LNG exports in February 2016 with first shipments from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass project in Louisiana.
Capacity at Sabine Pass was recently expanded to 18 mtpa, with construction underway to increase to 22.5 mtpa in the second half of 2019.
The U.S. will be responsible for close to half of the growth in global natural gas production in the next five years as a result of “remarkable” growth and LNG capacity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
By 2022, the IEA estimates that the United States will be on course to challenge Australia and Qatar for global leadership among LNG exporters.