The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a permit to Cheniere Energy to start exporting LNG from its second liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass plant.
Houston-based LNG player, Cheniere, requested to start the liquefaction and export activities at its Sabine Pass Train 2 during September, FERC document shows.
The commissioning of Train 2 was completed on September 15 when the EPC contractor Bechtel turned over control of the liquefaction unit to Cheniere. The Sabine Pass facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana was shut down for maintenance days after the commissioning was completed.
Cheniere said that, during the four-week outage, repair works will be carried out to improve the performance of the flare systems at the liquefaction project, as well as to perform scheduled maintenance to Train 1 and other facilities.
The first commercial cargo from Train 2 is expected to occur in August 2017 under a 20-year sale and purchase agreement with Gas Natural Fenosa LNG. However, GNF has certain rights to acquire early cargoes produced from Train 2 before the first commercial delivery.
The Sabine Pass liquefaction facility, first of its kind to export U.S. shale gas, started shipping the chilled fuel from Train 1 in February this year.
Cheniere is developing and constructing up to six liquefaction trains at Sabine Pass, each with a nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tons per annum of LNG.
Trains 1 and 2 at the LNG export plant have achieved substantial completion in May and September, respectfully, while Train 3 is undergoing commissioning. Trains 4 and 5 are under construction, and Train 6 is fully permitted.
LNG World News Staff