The 100th shipment of LNG from Cheniere Energy Inc.’s (NYSE MKT: LNG) Sabine Pass, La., terminal earlier this month signaled how North American natural gas has already established itself as a swing provider in global consuming markets, Haynes and Boone LLP and global shipping analysts Poten & Partners said during a joint press conference April 20.

Notably for U.S. and Canadian producers and midstream operators, the volumes welcomed as reliable supply worldwide have meant that prices at the wellhead and upon delivery to the liquefaction terminal are now an accepted variable in the final delivered price for LNG at the regasification market. That means that, within wide boundaries, gas producers, pipelines, and processors do not have to worry greatly that nominal increases in their prices would hamper the development of the LNG export business.