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Alaska North Slope gas exported to Asia could hold a key attraction over other U.S. LNG exports: The Alaska gas would burn hotter.
Many Asian buyers prefer hot, high-Btu gas laced with gas liquids that raise the heat content. Especially in key markets such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, power-plant turbines, industrial furnaces and household appliances are calibrated to burn hot gas.
LNG, made in plants all over the world, is not a uniform product. Some blends are wetter, or hotter, than others, making them unsuitable for certain markets without further processing. Some are drier, making then unsuitable for other buyers without extra cost.
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