Corpus Christi Liquefaction, the Cheniere Energy subsidiary operating the export plant in Texas, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start full commercial service from the third LNG Train three months after commissioning cargoes started to be shipped.
“Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC submits this request for authorization to place Train 3 in-service under CP12-507,” said the filing to the regulator, citing the docket number of the project.
Commissioning cargo in Nov 2020
The third Train at the Texas plant shipped its first commissioning cargo in November 2020. The three Trains have combined capacity of 15 million tonnes per annum. Corpus Christi is Cheniere Energy’s second liquefaction facility and is sited on the northern shore of the La Quinta Channel in Corpus Christi Bay, part of San Patricio and Nueces Counties in Texas.
Cheniere is also developing a mid-scale expansion called the Stage 3 project at Corpus Christi, which proposes up to seven Trains that would add around 10 mtpa, taking aggregate production capacity at the Texas facility to 25 mtpa.
The Corpus Christi facility has plenty of available land for the Stage 3 expansion as it is located on a site comprising almost 1,000 acres. The Stage 3 project was approved by the FERC in November 2019 and is the next part of Cheniere’s growth plan.
The Corpus Christi site also benefits from a robust resource position with multiple interstate and intrastate pipeline systems from areas such as the Permian Basin. The 22-mile Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline connects the plant to several of these interstate and intrastate pipelines.
Works on Sabine Pass Train 6 continue
At the Cheniere Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, work is continuing on the Sabine Pass Train 6 project, which has now been half built by US engineers Bechtel Inc. Sabine Pass currently has five fully operational Trains in operation with each capable of producing up to 5 mtpa of LNG.
Cheniere notes that these five Trains have been brought online an average of seven months ahead of schedule, and all within budget. The sixth Train is scheduled to be in service in 2022, taking output to 30 mtpa with more than 4.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas being processed into LNG.
Coupled with the Stage 3 project at Corpus Christi, the Houston, Texas-based company would have overall export volumes of 55 mtpa.