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Posted June 30, 2016Today in Energy

Expanded Panama Canal reduces travel time for shipments of U.S. LNG to Asian markets ›

The newly expanded Panama Canal will be able to accommodate 90% of the world's current liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers with LNG-carrying capacity up to 3.9 billion cubic feet (Bcf). Prior to the expansion, only 30 of the smallest LNG tankers (6% of the current global fleet) with capacities up to 0.7 Bcf could transit the canal. The expansion has significant implications for LNG trade, reducing travel time and transportation costs for LNG shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to key markets in Asia and providing additional access to previously regionalized LNG markets. More

Source: EIA calculations based on IHS and other sources


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WTI crude oil futures price

6/29/2016: $49.88/barrels

up$0.75 from week earlier
down$9.59 from year earlier

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6/29/2016: $2.863/MMBtu

up$0.186 from week earlier
up$0.031 from year earlier

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6/24/2016: 3,140 Bcf

up37 Bcf from week earlier
up582 Bcf from year earlier

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6/24/2016: 526.6 million barrels 

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