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Gas flows to Sabine Pass rose to monthly record in May

Natural gas flows to Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal rose to a new monthly record in May, after April flows were slightly held back by planned maintenance on one of its trains.

SNL Energy pipeline flow data showed the combined scheduled daily deliveries to the Louisiana terminal from the systems of Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline LP, Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America LLC and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC ended May at an all-time high of 64.6 MMDth for the month, compared to 62.1 MMDth the month before. Flows on the three lines peaked at 2.42 MMDth/d on May 5 before deliveries tapered toward the end of the month, falling to a low of 1.49 MMDth on May 26 and then rising again to 2.11 MMDth on May 31.

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April flows had also dropped at the end of the month, falling from a high of 2.42 MMDth/d to 1.53 MMDth/d as train 2 underwent maintenance. Cheniere spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said on May 1 that the work had been completed. Transco's Gulf Trace, the newest line at the facility, began registering deliveries April 19 after sitting idle since it came online Feb. 1.

Flows to the facility started to pick up in March when train 3 came online.

Train 4 is going through commissioning. Cheniere affiliates on May 26 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to introduce feed gas to the unit.

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Sabine Pass used roughly three-quarters of its contracted transportation capacity on NGPL during May. The facility used an average of 44% of its capacity on Creole Trail and about 61% of its capacity on the Transco line. The terminal used an average of about 56% of the combined capacity of all three pipelines during the month.

The maximum capacity Creole Trail can deliver to Sabine Pass is about 1.7 MMDth/d, while NGPL can deliver about 593,000 Dth/d. The Transco line is expected to provide 1.2 MMDth/d of additional firm gas transportation capacity at full capacity from Transco Station 65 in St. Helena Parish, La., to Sabine Pass.

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FERC on March 21 authorized the project to place train 3 into service. Cheniere has said it expects the fourth train to come online in November. Train 1 was completed in May 2016. Train 2 received FERC approval to enter service in October 2016. Train 5 is planned for August 2019. Train 6 is fully permitted but does not have a final investment decision. Each train is designed to produce 4.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG. (FERC dockets CP11-72, CP13-2)

To view operational statistics on interstate natural gas pipelines, go to SNL Energy's Pipeline Summary Page. To view natural gas operational flow data for receipt or delivery points, go to SNL Energy's Operational Capacity by Point Page.

To view more details about the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, go to SNL Energy's Natural Gas Development Projects Page.

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