US LNG exports top all other countries so far this year


The U.S. exported more liquefied natural gas (LNG) than any other LNG-exporting country in the first six months of 2023, according to data from CEDIGAZ.

U.S. LNG exports averaged 11.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) during this period, 4% (0.5 Bcf/d) higher than the first half of last year and 9.5% (1.0 Bcf/d) higher than the 2022 annual average, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s LNG Reports.

Australia was the world’s second-largest LNG exporter in the first half of 2023, with LNG exports averaging 10.6 Bcf/d during this period, followed by Qatar at 10.4 Bcf/d. The increase in LNG exports from the United States was mainly the result of Freeport LNG’s return to service and continued growth in global LNG demand, particularly in Europe.