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Financing for LNG companies worldwide 2016-2019, by bank

Between 2016 and 2019, the investment bank Morgan Stanley was the leading financer for top liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export companies. In the years following 2016, annual investment from the American multinational has hovered around the two billion U.S. dollar mark, totaling 6.6 billion U.S. dollars by 2019.

LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to around minus 162 degrees Celsius in order to ease transportation to consumer markets. The volume of globally traded LNG has increased significantly over the past 50 years, rising from 3 billion cubic meters in 1970 to 431 billion cubic meters in 2019. Projections show that the demand for LNG is expected to increase worldwide in the coming years.

Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, and is often seen as transition fuel as clean energy alternatives are developed. This is due to it emitting around 50 percent less CO2 emissions as coal when burnt for electricity. However, agencies such as the IEA (International Energy Association) argue that a transition from coal to natural gas is not good enough if the world is to achieve its Paris Agreement targets, and that a rapid move to clean energy is of great importance.

Leading investment banks for liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export companies from 2016 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Bank financing for 30 top liquefied natural gas import and export companies
Figures have been rounded

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