U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

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Three men stand together in front of signage at Dabhol terminal.
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Patrick Santillo and U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall with Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradham at the arrival event at the Dabhol terminal.

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas: Helping our Friends and Allies while Boosting the U.S. Economy

Today, my colleagues at the U.S. Mission in India were pleased to welcome the first shipment of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) as part of a 20-year contract with Houston-based Cheniere Energy. Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Patrick Santillo and U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall joined the Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradham at the arrival event at the Dabhol terminal south of Mumbai.  The shipment left Louisiana less than a month ago, making great time. 

This LNG delivery is the first of many that will ship from Cove Point in Maryland and Sabine Pass in Louisiana as part of two 20-year contracts with India’s Gail Limited. As Secretary Perry highlighted in a recent op-ed, once six additional facilities currently under construction come online, the United States will be able to export more than 10 billion cubic feet of LNG per day to our friends and allies around the world.  

Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Patrick Santillo and U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig Hall are welcomed by the government of India and Gail Limited at the LNG arrival ceremony.

American energy is central to the U.S. National Security Strategy, which notes that “exports of our energy resources, technologies, and services help our allies and partners diversify their energy sources and brings economic gains back home.” In other words, by leveraging the United States’ abundant energy resources, we stimulate our own economy while also helping key countries become more stable, prosperous, and energy secure. 

Our partnership with India on energy is a great example of the United States’ “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes traditional sources like coal, oil, and gas, as well as renewables and nuclear. Last fall, my colleague Kathy Hadda, the U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad, welcomed the first in a series of crude oil shipments from the United States to India.  

The United States views India as a key partner in promoting our shared strategic energy security goals regionally and globally, and we are working closely with India to find policy and regulatory solutions to scale up investment for a diversified energy economy. It is an honor to play a role in such a vibrant partnership that also brings concrete benefits to the American people.

About the Author: Tom Vajda serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.