|2020-05-28 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
中国石化新闻网讯 据天然气加工网站5月26日消息 自从美国政府开始实施封锁以阻止冠状病毒的传播以来，美国液化天然气出口量下降了三分之一以上。
吴恒磊 编译自 天然气加工
U.S. LNG exports drop as pandemic shrinks demand
U.S. liquefied natural gas exports are down by more than a third since governments started imposing lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Worldwide gas prices have plunged as lockdowns squeezed energy demand even as strong renewables output boosted supply. Gas prices are more expensive now in the United States than in Europe for the first time in a decade.
Buyers in Asia and Europe have already canceled over 20 U.S. LNG cargoes for June and July, and more cancellations are anticipated.
Gas flows to U.S. LNG export plants fell from a record 9.5 billion cubic feet per day in late March to a six-month low of 5.6 bcfd this week, according to Refinitiv. That level would still top the record 5.0-bcfd average set last year.
“U.S. LNG capacity utilization has begun a turndown in response to market forces exacerbated by COVID-19,” said Terrell Benke, executive director at IHS Markit.
The number of vessels carrying U.S. LNG peaked at 74 in January, according to federal data. But Refinitiv data said the number of vessels carrying U.S. LNG fell to 62 in April and was on track to drop to an eight-month low of 50 in May.