State-owned Qatar Petroleum could begin exporting liquefied natural gas from its Golden Pass project near Sabine Pass, Texas in 2021, according to Abdullah al-Attiyah, a government advisor on energy issues.
Speaking at a media briefing, al-Attiyah, former Qatari oil minister, said the Golden Pass project has received the permit to add liquefaction capabilities to the Golden Pass LNG import terminal, Reuters reports.
The first cargo could be exported by 2020-2021, al-Attiyah noted, adding that Qatar would become a more flexible exporter with the addition U.S. volumes, according to the report.
Currently, the Golden Pass LNG terminal facilities include five 155,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, two marine berths and process facilities capable of regasifying LNG to produce about 2 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The proposed liquefaction facilities include three trains totaling 15.6 million metric tons per annum of production capacity.
The project also includes construction of approximately 2.6 miles of 24-inch pipeline, three new compressor stations, and interconnections for bi-directional transport of natural gas to and from the Golden Pass LNG export terminal.
Qatar Petroleum owns 70 percent of the Golden Pass joint venture with ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips holding 17.6 percent and 12.4 percent, respectively.
LNG World News Staff