The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a request from a Cheniere Energy Inc. unit to introduce feedgas to the second liquefaction train of its Corpus Christi LNG export terminal in Texas, a significant step toward bringing the facility online in the second half of 2019.
The March 11 authorization of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC request came 10 days after FERC allowed the first LNG production train at the Corpus Christi terminal to start commercial service. On March 4, Cheniere announced that a unit of engineering and construction company Bechtel Corp. had turned over control of the train to the LNG operator. (FERC docket CP12-507)
With the first train at Corpus Christi, nearly four months elapsed between FERC's authorization of feedgas in August 2018 and the shipment of the first commissioning cargo on Dec. 11, 2018. Cheniere expected the first commercial delivery from train 1 to come in June under sale and purchase deals with Spain's Endesa SA and Indonesia's PT Pertamina (Persero).
Like the first train, the second unit will have the capacity to produce 4.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or about 0.7 Bcf/d of gas. Cheniere in May 2018 announced a final investment decision for a third train of the same size at the terminal.
Cheniere began an earlier stage of the commissioning process on the second train in January, after FERC authorized a request to introduce fuel gas and begin testing fuel gas systems at the facility.
The new Corpus Christi trains are part of a significant expansion of the company's business. Cheniere shipped the first LNG cargo from the Lower 48 in February 2016 from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, where four 4.5-mtpa trains are in commercial service and a fifth train is expected to enter commercial service soon. On March 6, Cheniere units including Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC requested FERC authorization to place the fifth train into service. (FERC docket CP13-552)