Cheniere shuts down Sabine Pass export plant for maintenance

Sabine Pass (Image courtesy of Cheniere)
Sabine Pass liquefaction and export terminal (Image courtesy of Cheniere)

Planned maintenance has begun at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast, a Cheniere spokesperson confirmed to LNG World News on Tuesday.

Cheniere had said earlier this month that the four-week outage would include repair works to improve the performance of the flare systems at the Sabine Pass liquefaction project, as well as to perform scheduled maintenance to Train 1 and other facilities.

According to analytics firm Genscape, that has infrared cameras pointed at the Sabine Pass facility, Train 1 shutdown occurred on September 17, two days after the Train 2 closed for maintenance.

“Aggregate nominations to Sabine have dropped to zero for gas days September 18th and 19th. Genscape anticipates nominations to be at zero during the maintenance with the exception of nominal nominations to Train 3 for its commissioning process,” Genscape said in a note on Tuesday.

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

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