Canada Takes the LNG Lead

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With natural gas prices at record lows and no significant increase in sight, Canada, unlike its southern neighbor, is taking the reins and encouraging natural gas producers to liquefy and export gas to areas that command significantly higher prices for the commodity. Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) recently offered TransCanada the opportunity to build a 435-mile pipeline to connect the robust natural gas fields to an LNG facility in British Columbia. This will be the third LNG operation in Canada, while the United States will offer just one. By taking advantage of extremely cheap natural gas, is Canada making the prudent move while the United States misses out on a fabulous decision? Check out the following video to find out more.

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  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2012, at 5:11 PM, mhonarvarthe2nd wrote:

    why do you continue to push these lame videos...

    Its a guy mumbling for 2 minutes that could have been written into an article like everything else.

    The video shows no charts, no graphics, just a guy and a Fool logo...

  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2012, at 11:55 AM, mikevr1463 wrote:

    Hi Joe:

    I just recently started examining "the Canada vs US Race" because of an interest in GTLS which will benefit by LNG being exported.

    There is a new blog on GTLS that just opened up at MF. Unfortunately, because I was unaware of your LNG blogs, I essentially repeated your Canadian observations [with some minor updates with respect to 13 US applicants, 2 on the west coast.

    Q1: Do you have any evidence that Canada's "rush" to export will increase the total of the # of approvals of the current 13 applicants [above that of the expected 4]. I beleive the DOE's disposition of the putative licensees is expected to occur in December?

    Q2: Do you buy Pickens argument that the price of NG will sky rocket with LNG exportations and will thereby critically hurt WPRT and CLNE? I mean, yes, the initial increase in LNG exports will provide incentive to produce NG. But the increased supply will tend to keep domestically NG prices from jack rabbiting up. Moreover, then the OPEC's ability to fiat oil prices will be reduced, such that both NG and oil users will ultimately benefit. These will be additional consideration by DOE?

    In short, how should one analyze the effects of LNG exportations on NG prices?

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