The newest US export plant at Corpus Christi in Texas has been given the go-ahead to begin commissioning the second liquefaction Train as operator Cheniere Energy continues to ramp-up the first Train after staring commercial operations and shipping its first cargo in December.
The proposed three Trains in the first phase of development at the Texas facility, located on the La Quinta Channel on the northeast side of Corpus Christi Bay, will have total nameplate production of 13.5 million tonnes per annum when completed.
“I grant your request for Corpus Christi Liquefaction to introduce gas and commission the Train 2 fuel gas system,” said a letter to the company from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The first Corpus Christi cargo to be shipped arrived at the Greek Revithousa LNG import terminal, located west of Athens, at the end of December.
Cheniere has said that Train 2 at Corpus Christi was expected to reach substantial completion in the second half of 2019, and Train 3 in the second half of 2021.
There are also an additional seven smaller Trains currently under development at the Corpus Christi site, eventually increasing its nameplate capacity to around 23 MTPA.
In addition to the liquefaction plant, the Corpus Christi facilities include three storage tanks and jetties to handle two LNG carriers at a time.
The first two Trains are fully contracted and Train 3 is mostly contracted to buyers from Spain, Portugal, France, Australia and Indonesia, though the facility can also sell spot shipments to other customers anywhere in the world.
Corpus Christi is being constructed at a cost of $15 billion and is the third industrial-scale LNG export plant to enter service.
The first was Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, which sent out its first cargo in February 2016, and the second was the Cove Point plant in Maryland, owned by Dominion Energy.
The Cove Point facility on Chesapeake Bay shipped its first cargo to Japan in April 2018.
Since it first began export operations in February 2016, Cheniere had shipped cargoes of LNG to 29 nations and the Greek terminal that received the first Corpus Christi delivery was the 30th country customer.