|2021-03-03 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
李峻 编译自 世界能源新闻
Cheniere Expects Rising LNG Demand with Vaccine Rollout
Cheniere Energy Inc, the top U.S. liquefied natural gas producer, on Wednesday raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast, predicting higher demand for the fuel as COVID-19 vaccinations boost economic recovery.
Lockdown measures implemented to curb the pandemic slashed demand for energy and hurt prices for natural gas in 2020. But with economic recovery in Asia, particularly in China, fuel sales have picked up.
"We expect continued LNG demand improvements as COVID vaccines are distributed and global economic activity continues to strengthen," Chief Commercial Officer Anatol Feygin said in a webcast with analysts. "We think there are decades and decades of LNG growth ahead of us."
LNG prices in Asia surged to record highs in January due to low stocks, a cold winter, production outages and shipping delays.
The refusal of customers to take delivery has largely ceased with expanded margins on U.S. cargoes as gas prices internationally rose, Chief Executive Jack Fusco said.
The recent frigid weather and storm in Texas resulted in no material impact, despite a power outage that took Corpus Christi operations out on Sunday night, Fusco said.
The company worked closely with state and local officials, suppliers and customers to mitigate operational impacts, and its Sabine Pass, Louisiana, plant covered demand from its customers.
Cheniere raised its forecast for adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to between $4.1 and $4.4 billion, from its prior estimate of $3.9 and $4.2 billion.
Cheniere also said it plans to provide greenhouse gas emissions data associated with each LNG cargo to customers beginning in 2022.