Cheniere Energy gets government approval for LNG expansion


With construction already underway on its nearly 200-mile Midship pipeline in Oklahoma, Houston-based Cheniere is also focusing on its LNG operations in Louisiana.

The company was notified this week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it had approval for a fifth LNG train to enter commercial service at the Sabine Pass export terminal. The approval came about two weeks after Cheniere Energy won FERC approval for the company’s first LNG production train at the Corpus Christi terminal in Texas.

The fifth train at Sabine Pass has the capacity to produce 4.5 million tons a year of LNG.

First commercial delivery is scheduled for August, under the terms of the partnership’s sale and purchase agreements with Centrica PLC and Total Gas & Power North America Inc.

The Sabine Pass terminal shipped the first LNG cargo from the Lower 48 in February 2016. Cheniere said a key priority for the company in 2019 is reaching a final investment decision on a sixth train at Sabine Pass, a milestone the company is targeting by midyear after it sorts out financing for the project.

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