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U.S. Became World’s Top LNG Exporter, Spurred by Europe Crisis

  • American output beat Qatar, Australia in December: ship data
  • Sabine Pass, Freeport facilities ramped up deliveries
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The U.S. became the world’s No. 1 exporter of liquefied natural gas for the first time ever last month, as deliveries surged to energy-starved Europe.

Output from American facilities edged above Qatar in December after a jump in exports from the Sabine Pass and Freeport facilities, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Cheniere Energy Inc. said last month that a new production unit at its Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana produced its first cargo.