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US NatGas Plunges On Reports Of Explosion At Texas LNG Export Terminal

US NatGas Plunges On Reports Of Explosion At Texas LNG Export Terminal

A “small explosion” at Freeport LNG terminal in Surfside Beach, Texas, resulted in the plunge of natural gas futures on Wednesday afternoon. 

Local news KHOU reports the incident occurred around 1140 local time in the 1500 block of Lamar Street at the facility on Quintana Island. 

“We are in the process of monitoring the situation and will provide information accordingly,” Freeport’s Director of Corporate Communications Heather Browne told The Facts

The Facts posted a picture of the export terminal showing black smoke rising from the facility. 

Houston-based energy firm Criterion Research shared more views of the facility via local news KPRC’s live aerial view. 

Natgas contracts slumped as much as 12% on the news to $8.43. 

In a tweet, we noted that the price slump is in response to the prospect that fewer LNG exports would mean more supply domestically, though inversely, it would mean higher prices in Europe since the US has been increasingly sending LNG across the Atlantic to ween European countries off Russian supplies. 

Criterion Research sheds more color on the importance of the Freeport LNG terminal and how a disruption at the facility could push more supply back onto the grid. 

It’s very early and the situation is still developing, but we can give a bit of background on the situation and potential worse-case impacts.Through the first eight days of June, Freeport has been receiving an average of 1.95 Bcf/d and the facility’s latest high was 2.0 Bcf/d this morning.

Assuming the worst-case scenario is a complete facility outage through the end of October, Freeport LNG’s incident could push back an average of 1.95 Bcf/d to the grid and add +285 Bcf to storage. Even a two-month outage through July 2022 would add +105 Bcf to inventories.

The other factor to keep in mind is that it is smaller, but Freeport does pull a good amount of power from the grid. According to the EIA, the electric-driven facility pulls 690 MW of power supply when fully operational.

Others seem to be agreeing with Criterion Research’s view:

*Developing 

Tyler Durden
Wed, 06/08/2022 – 14:20

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