LNG OUTLOOK One done, one going up, eight others in the works

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If you’ve been in Southwest Louisiana any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “LNG,” which is short for liquefied natural gas.

Once natural gas is extracted from the ground it’s piped into pressurized trains, cooled to a liquid and shipped around the world in LNG tankers. Once a tanker arrives at its destination, the LNG is regasified and used in manufacturing, as well as in homes for cooking and heating.

Southwest Louisiana was for years an import site for LNG, but a turn in the market several years ago made exporting more profitable. Seeing the opportunity for large returns, companies began announcing plans to build multibillion-dollar export facilities in the region — an industrial hub with ready access to pipelines, workers and the Gulf of Mexico…

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