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Enbridge to build pipeline to service new LNG facility in U.S.

CALGARY — Energy transportation giant Enbridge Inc. will be going ahead with two pipeline projects to service a new liquefied natural gas facility in the U.S., part of the Canadian company's push to grow its LNG business as global demand soars.
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Enbridge president and CEO Al Monaco, right, addresses the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Enbridge Inc. says it will advance the construction of two natural gas pipeline projects to service a newly sanctioned liquefied natural gas facility in the U.S. Gulf Coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — Energy transportation giant Enbridge Inc. will be going ahead with two pipeline projects to service a new liquefied natural gas facility in the U.S., part of the Canadian company's push to grow its LNG business as global demand soars.

The Calgary-based pipeline company announced Thursday it will transport 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from basins in the U.S. to Venture Global's recently sanctioned Plaquemines LNG plant in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

U.S.-based LNG company Venture Global announced on Wednesday that it will go ahead with the first phase of construction of the Plaquemines LNG facility, after securing US$13.2 billionin financing.

According to Venture Global — whose first LNG facility, also in Louisiana, began exporting earlier this year — that figure represents the largest project financing transaction that has closed so far this year.

Enbridge said it will be going ahead with its Venice Extension Project and Gator Express Meter Project to deliver 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to the LNG plant. The estimated cost for the two projects is US$400 million, underpinned by long-term contracts, the company said.

The announcement comes as U.S. benchmark natural gas prices topped US$9 per mmBTU this week amid concerns about global energy security and the war in Ukraine.

Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco has been vocal in recent months about his belief that natural gas exports represent the largest opportunity for North America right now, and he has said that Enbridge is seeing a strong pick up in commercial interest from Asia and Europe to secure export capacity.

The Plaquemines facility, which will have an export capacity of up to 20 million metric tonnes of LNG per year when fully developed, will be the fifth LNG facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast served by Enbridge pipelines. The company currently serves four operating LNG facilities in the region, and Monaco said earlier this month that it has secured projects to serve two additional proposed facilities (Rio Grande and Texas LNG) if they go ahead.

In addition to LNG, Enbridge is also banking on increased crude oil exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast. Last fall, it acquired U.S.-based terminal and logistics company Moda Midstream Operating LLC for US$3 billion.

As part of the deal, Enbridge acquired North America's largest crude export terminal, the Ingleside Energy Center located near Corpus Christi, Texas, which handles about 25 per cent of all U.S. Gulf Coast crude exports.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2022.

Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB)

Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated Enbridge's involvement in the Gator project.

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