This week marked the announcement of plans for a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Louisiana. The news came yesterday as Venture Global LNG said it would invest $4.0 to $4.5 billion to build a gas liquefaction processing plant and LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish.

The project site will be approximately 203 acres along the Calcasieu Ship Cannel where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. Pending final regulatory approvals, the Calcasieu Pass project will have an export capacity of 10 million metric tons per year of LNG and will accommodate ocean-going vessels with an LNG carrying capacity of up to 185,000 cubic meters (approximately 6.5 MMcf). Also included on the project site will be two full containment LNG storage units.

The new project will create 100 permanent jobs for the community, 326 indirect jobs and 1,500 construction jobs, according to a PR Newswire release.

LNG Abroad

On the other end of the globe, Turkey is considering development of its own LNG plant. Turkey could propose building an LNG terminal in an energy complex on its border with Greece, as part of talks with Russia about a new gas pipeline, reports Reuters.

Last week, Russia decided to cancel plans for its South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has said, “We have proposals on [the new pipeline] and perhaps including an LNG terminal, the construction of an integrated energy complex could be on the table.”

Demand in Asia Slowing

Even as the U.S. and countries around the world look to build more LNG capacity, demand in Asia, LNG’s largest market, is expected to start dropping off. Asian LNG prices are expected to fall by up to 30% in 2015, according to a survey of analysts and consultants, as the market enters a period of oversupply and the impact of lower oil prices kick in, reports Reuters.

Demand for LNG in the Asian market has begun to slow as nuclear energy comes back online, and certain markets begin to use more coal to meet their energy needs. Asian spot LNG prices have more than halved since the start of the year to reach below $10/MMBtu.

Average import prices into Japan, the world’s largest buyer, are forecast to fall to about $11/MMBtu next year, down from an estimate $15.50 this year and $16.45 in 2013 The drops are forecasted in an environment where Brent crude averages around $75 a barrel, according to David Hewitt, co-head of global oil and gas equity research at Credit Suisse.

Japanese prices are a benchmark for LNG in Asia, a region which accounts for about 70% of global trade.

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