Calcasieu Pass LNG progresses in time for 2022 commercial start

Thursday, 07 October 2021
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Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export project has filed its monthly construction report to regulators showing sub-stantial progress as the facility aims to be the next large US LNG export plant to start commercial operations by around the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Calcasieu Pass plant is taking shape in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, south of the city of Lake Charles, according to the latest report and photographs filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The monthly status report showed that many parts of the project have already been completed.

Once the Calcasieu Pass plant starts up it becomes the seventh US facility as the US heads for the position of the World’s No. 1 exporter, moving ahead of Australia and Qatar, with both producing just under 80 million tonnes per annum.

The Calcasieu Pass plant will have nameplate output of 10 mtpa and its completion is expected to be ahead of schedule because of the use of modular building methods for the liquefaction Trains. With full production from Calcasieu Pass, the US would move to total nameplate capacity at the seven plants of 81.5 mtpa. This would rise to 86 mtpa once the sixth Train at Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana also comes on stream in 2022.

More than half of the 18 mid-scale processing Trains to be used at the facility have now been installed. Kiewit is acting as the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

“Key work during the month included ongoing materials delivery, site civil work, foundation work, piping and electrical system installation, equipment work, building erection, module delivery, LNG tank construction and commissioning,” said Venture Global. The company told the FERC that the completed works included the paving of all roadways in Power Island area, the installation of all piping tie-ins to the north and south steam turbine units and hydrotesting of the high pressure, intermediate pressure and low pressure boiler tubes and steam drums for heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) unit No. 5. The engineering and work crews also performed final shaft alignment for combustion turbine and generator units No. 2 and No.3. 

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