Cheniere Energy said the second liquefaction Train at the Corpus Christi export plant in Texas has started producing LNG, though gave no details of when the first cargo would be shipped.
Cheniere, owner of the Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana where five Trains are now on stream, said the substantial completion of Train 2 at Corpus Christi was ahead of schedule.
The company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the start-up of Train 2 output on Twitter rather than issuing a formal press release.
The Train will now be ramped up to produce its nameplate capacity of 4.5 million tonnes per annum, giving total output of 13.5 MTPA when all three Trains in the phase one development are on stream.
At the same time the Houston-based company is planning seven mid-scale liquefaction Trains adjacent to the Corpus Christi project, each with an expected nominal production capacity of around 1.4 MTPA of LNG.
The total expected nominal production capacity of the seven midscale Trains is 9.5 MTPA.
Cheniere’s Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III subsidiary also signed an agreement in early June 2019 with US exploration and production company Apache Corp. for 140,000 million British thermal units per day of natural gas for a term of around 15 years.
The long-term feed-gas supply will help underpin Cheniere's expansion plans at the Texan plant.
The Apache feed-gas will come from the Permian Basin, the prolific shale production region in West Texas and southeast New Mexico.
The expected LNG output associated with this gas supply, approximately 0.85 MTPA, will be marketed by Cheniere to global LNG customers.
Apache will receive an LNG price, net of a fixed liquefaction fee and certain costs incurred by Cheniere, for the natural gas delivered to Corpus Christi Stage III under this agreement.