USTDA and U.S. Industry Launch U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative

ARLINGTON, VA –  Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, in coordination with LNG Allies, the 27th World Gas Conference, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute, as well as other industry members, launched the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative.  The Initiative is designed to connect American companies to new export opportunities across the gas value chain in emerging economies. As U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals are coming online, USTDA is expanding its partnership with the American gas industry to generate new LNG exports through the development of gas-related infrastructure in key LNG receiving countries.

As part of the Initiative, USTDA announced a call for gas-related project proposals for U.S. companies that have identified project sponsors in high growth emerging markets. At the launch, USTDA announced several upcoming gas sector reverse trade missions that will bring prospective overseas LNG buyers and gas infrastructure decision-makers to the United States for site visits and meetings with U.S. industry. The upcoming visits include delegations from Senegal, China, and other partner countries.

“USTDA appreciates the opportunity to partner with U.S. industry to launch this important Initiative,” said USTDA Director (Acting) Thomas R. Hardy. “We are confident that it will advance the gas infrastructure goals of our partner countries, while connecting U.S. companies to new export opportunities.”

As a part of the Initiative, USTDA is participating in the 17th U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum in Ningbo, China and the Latin America and Caribbean Gas Options Forum in Panama City, Panama. These regional gas forums bring together government officials and private sector representatives who are developing the gas sector in these markets.

Under the Initiative, USTDA will use the full breadth of its proven toolkit to support American gas industry jobs including: early stage project preparation assistance that informs how infrastructure projects will ultimately be designed, financed and implemented.

The activities supported under the Initiative will build upon USTDA’s past successes in the gas sector. Since its inception, USTDA’s project preparation work and partnership building activities have facilitated U.S. industry participation in gas infrastructure projects in emerging economies.