Calcasieu Pass to come online soon

Thursday, 30 September 2021
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Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass export terminal in Louisiana is nearing completion and will begin production within months, the company’s CCO, Tom Earl, said at Gastech.

Earl did not give a specific date for production, suggesting that output could start later this year or early next.

According to US regulator filings, Calcasieu Pass has begun early commissioning activities at the facility. However, it has not yet received approval to pump feedgas into its liquefaction trains, which would be a precursor to beginning production.

"Calcasieu Pass is completing about now, and as we go through the coming months, we'll start production shortly at that site," Earl said.

The 10 mill tonnes per year capacity facility is being built using a modular train system, which is smaller than the traditional liquefaction units used at other US facilities. The modular trains are being built in Italy and shipped to the site and plugged in one at a time.

Earlier this year, the company said full operations at the export terminal were expected in mid-2022, following a phased startup period. In his comments, Earl did not mention a tender that Venture Global issued earlier this year for at least 12 cargoes from Calcasieu Pass for delivery starting during the autumn.

One of the other projects that the company is developing, Plaquemines LNG, which would be built in two phases and will have a production capacity of up to 20 mill tonnes per year, has not yet been formally sanctioned, although Earl said at Gastech that initial construction activities would begin "imminently." He added that there had been "mobilisation on site recently." 

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