Figure 217 North American Gas Producing Areas in 1999

total U.S. gas supply. Canada supplied 93.9 percent of the total imports in 1999. Of the total imports, only 4.5 percent were received as LNG. Canada did much in the late 1990s to expand the pipeline systems bringing gas to the U.S. Additional pipelines are scheduled for completion early in the new millennium. Most Canadian production is in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. New production did come on from the Eastern Coast late in the last century and was imported into the U.S. from the Maritime Provinces. Since 1985, Canadian imports have more than quadrupled and Canada plays a major role in the expected additional supply needed to meet the demand for the years to come. Estimates are Canadian gas volumes will increase insuring the supply of gas for U.S. demand in future years. The Alliance Pipeline was completed in late 2000 and added 1.3 Bcf/day of supply to the U.S. Already, Canadian gas makes up a significant portion of the gas going to the U.S. Northeast. Figure 21.7 shows the major importing locations for gas coming into the U.S. from Canada.

While natural gas imports into the U.S. as LNG were small in comparison to the total gas imported in 1999, the amount coming in 1999 was roughly three times that received the prior year. Equally important, the number of countries supplying LNG to the U.S. increased from three to six. Algeria continued to be the major supplier with 75 Bcf in 1999 but recently completed production facilities in Trinidad supplied 49 Bcf in the same year. Plans are to make all the terminals in the U.S. operative so that additional LNG supplies can be expected. Locations of all terminals are shown in Figure 21.7

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