The majority of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI)
believes the US should not limit its LNG
exports in order to keep domestic prices low, according to a
new poll of Hydrocarbon Processing readers.
Instead, the global market should be able to gain access to
rapidly-growing gas supplies in the US, the readers say.
Nearly 60% of respondents (58%) were against the limits,
which executives at oil firms Shell and Total have said are likely to occur.
34% of readers who responded said they would be in support of
limits, citing energy security among several reasons. Another
9% said they were somewhat in favor of limits, as
long as they werent too restrictive.
If limits are put into place, it means that European natural
gas prices would likely remain much higher than those in
the US for years to come, with negative implications for the
competitiveness of European industry.
On the other hand, low prices for natural
gas could offer US manufacturers a powerful competitive
advantage, according to several HPI executives.
Thats why many within the US petrochemical sector have spoken out
in support of limits, even with several rival energy companies
planning to build plants to convert some of the domestic gas
surplus into LNG
that could be shipped internationally.
To see more details on this poll as well as access prior
Hydrocarbon Processing poll results, click here.
(Editors note: Polls are where we at Hydrocarbon
Processing gather industry sentiment on significant issues of
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