U.S. Natural Gas Production and LNG Grow Through 2050

In the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2023, it is projected that U.S. natural gas production will increase by 15% and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will increase by 152% between 2022 and 2050. Production growth is largely driven by U.S. LNG exports, which is expected to rise to 10 trillion cubic feet by 2050. Natural gas production growth from Gulf Coast and in the Southwest reflects increased activity in the Haynesville Formation and Permian Basin, close to infrastructures connecting natural gas supply to growing LNG export facilities. 

The report continued with the idea of exploring long-term energy trends in the United States and presenting an outlook for energy markets through 2050. The EIA used different scenarios to fully understand how various assumptions affect energy trends. The report served as a baseline and reflects laws and regulations adopted through mid-November 2022, including the Inflation Reduction Act.

The EIA report projected that annual natural gas production from 2022 through 2050 will grow by 52% on the Gulf Coast and by 50% in the Southwest due to Haynesville’s Formation and the Permian Basin being close to LNG export terminals in Texas and Louisiana. The amount of natural gas produced in these regions has grown as LNG demand has grown. Associated dissolved natural gas from oil formations also contributes to production growth in the Southwest.

With rising global demand for natural gas, building additional LNG export facilities in the United States would be necessary to meet the projected demand from EIA’s report by 2050. New liquefaction facilities in Louisiana became fully operational in 2022, ahead of their original schedule. In addition, new LNG trains in Texas are scheduled to be active by 2025. Increased Gulf Coast shale production enables natural gas production in the southern region to grow through 2050, despite declines in all other areas of the United States.

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