Expanded liquid natural gas imports needed, study shows

The growing cost of energy is one of a host of current challenges facing U.S. manufacturers, but the ability to expand imports of liquefied natural gas at reasonable cost would help rebuild the global competitiveness of the sector, according to a new report. The report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, U.
By Staff May 1, 2006

The growing cost of energy is one of a host of current challenges facing U.S. manufacturers, but the ability to expand imports of liquefied natural gas at reasonable cost would help rebuild the global competitiveness of the sector, according to a new report.

The report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, U.S. Manufacturing and the Evolving Global LNG Market: Prospects for Lower Energy Costs, finds that absent new sources of natural gas supply, the price of this crucial energy resource is almost certain to climb steeply.

The paper details the impact on U.S. manufacturing, highlights the measurable effects on economic activity, and heightens awareness of the developing global market for LNG.

“It is imperative that we take all available measures, including acceleration of domestic production, conservation, and expansion of LNG imports, to offset the competitive disadvantage faced by U.S. manufacturers because of record high natural gas prices,” said Thomas J. Duesterberg, president and chief executive officer of the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.