A Conversation with Meg Gentle, President & CEO, Tellurian Inc.: The Role the US can Play in the Global Gas Market

On Monday, June 12, the Global Energy Center hosted Meg Gentle, President & CEO of Tellurian Inc. as part of its CEO Series. Gentle discussed the future of US natural gas production, the outlook for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, and Tellurian’s forecast of global LNG markets. Richard Morningstar, founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center, delivered welcome remarks and moderated the discussion.

With the US shale revolution providing the backdrop, Gentle detailed the dramatic increase in US exports of energy, particularly LNG.  As the global trend towards natural gas continues, Gentle sees Tellurian as having a significant role to play. Tellurian plans to develop multiple natural gas projects along the US Gulf Coast, including a 26 mtpa facility called Driftwood LNG, which will begin operating in 2022. Gentle believes projects such as Driftwood LNG are proof that the US has evolved into a competitive supplier within the global market, especially for European states looking to diversify their energy portfolio and Asian states with skyrocketing demand.

In taking questions from the audience, Gentle discussed the challenges posed by Nord Stream II, the Qatar-Gulf crisis, and the financial burden of energy infrastructure development. She reaffirmed, however, that US support for LNG would provide robust economic, geopolitical, and environmental benefits, despite the present hurdles.

Image: Tellurian Inc. President and CEO Meg Gentle joined the Atlantic Council on June 12 to discuss the global LNG market. (Atlantic Council)