GLNG: Corpus Christi Train 3 ready to enter service
Cheniere Energy has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to put the third train at the Corpus Christi LNG export terminal in Texas into service.
The train has already been operating in test mode for several months, and the commissioning cargo was loaded in December. In its filing last week, Cheniere asked the FERC to approve its request as soon as possible, and no later than March 12.
The first train at Corpus Christi entered service in March 2019, with Train 2 following in September 2019. Each train at the facility has the capacity to produce 5mn tonnes per year (tpy) of LNG.
Cheniere is the first LNG exporter in the Lower 48 US states, as well as the largest. Also over the past week, the company was experiencing disruptions to loadings at its Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana as a result of heavy fog in the region. The fog led to the temporary suspension of pilot services last week along the Sabine-Neches Waterway, which vessels use to reach the Sabine Pass facility.
A small queue of tankers waiting to reach the plant built up as a result, with four unladen tankers reported to be anchored in the Gulf of Mexico near the Louisiana coast, while two tankers remained moored at the terminal as of February 10.
The waterway reopened the following day.
Other LNG terminals on the Gulf Coast were also affected by the fog, and total US feed gas deliveries to LNG terminals declined. Sabine Pass was the worst affected, though, and feed gas deliveries to it dropped from 4.1bn cubic feet (116mn cubic metres) on February 8 to 3.4 bcf (96 mcm) on February 11.