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Sabine Pass LNG pulled gas throughout June with train 1 rolling, train 2 testing

Naturalgas flows into Cheniere EnergyInc.'s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal stayed healthy through muchof June as the facility's first gas liquefaction train went through its firstfull month of operation and the second train was tested.

SNLEnergy pipeline flow data showed that deliveries to the Louisiana terminal fromCheniere Creole Trail PipelineCo. LP and Natural GasPipeline Co. of America LLC pipelines amounted to a grand total ofapproximately 16.7 million Dth during June. The daily deliveries from bothpipelines stayed largely in a range of about 550,000 Dth/d to 650,000 Dth/d.Notable breakouts from that range occurred June 21, when deliveries hit 693,500Dth/d, and a few days later, with a fall to 213,550 Dth/d as Creole Traildeliveries dropped to nothing June 27. The month closed with a combined dailydelivery of 657,500 Dth/d. The numbers were mostly higherthan those in May.

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InJune, the two pipelines used about a third of their combined gas transportationcapacity at the Sabine Pass delivery points, 33.1% on average. Creole Trailused about 23.9% of its capacity on average, and NGPL used about 51.0% of itscapacity. The maximum capacity to Sabine Pass was 1,725,000 Dth/dfor Creole Trail delivery points and 593,000 Dth/d for NGPL.

CreoleTrail can supply 1.5 Bcf/d to Sabine Pass, and the operator has for FERC review anextension and expansion project to increase deliveries to Sabine Pass to asmuch as 3.0 Bcf/d. (CP13-553)

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Train1 at Sabine Pass was completedin May. Train 2 is going through commissioning and is due to start operationsin the second half of 2016. The third, fourth and fifth trains are underconstruction, with the third expected to enter service in the first half of2017, the fourth in the second half of that year and the fifth in the secondhalf of 2019. A proposed sixth train has received permitting approvals and isawaiting a final investment decision that will rest on getting commercialcontracts and financing to support construction.

Chenieresaid in a May 24 FERC filing that it expectsthe facility's second train to export its first cargo in mid-August.

Cheniere'sCheniere Energy Partners LPowns and operates Sabine Pass and Creole Trail through subsidiaries.

To view operationalstatistics on interstate natural gas pipelines, go to SNL Energy's PipelineSummary Page. To view natural gas operational flow data for receipt ordelivery points, go to SNL Energy's OperationalCapacity by Point Page.

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