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Cheniere progresses on proposed pipeline in early FERC review

Cheniere Midstream Holdings Inc. in November contacted Oklahoma state authorities and landowners along the route of the company's proposed natural gas pipeline that would help secure supply for the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG export terminals.

In a monthly status update filed with FERC on Dec. 19, the company said it had held meetings with the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and it contacted landowners and other stakeholders about upcoming "open house" meetings to discuss the proposed project, which Cheniere calls "MIDSHIP."

Cheniere Energy Inc. executives announced the development of the project in a third-quarter earnings call, saying the company's two LNG terminals provide an attractive demand source for gas producers. The pipeline would have gas transportation capacity of up to 1.4 Bcf/d and would help carry gas from the STACK and SCOOP basins to the terminals by way of existing pipeline infrastructure contracted and owned by Cheniere and its subsidiaries.

The project includes the construction and operation of about 200 miles of 36-inch-diameter "new build" pipeline, as well as three compressor stations, eight receipt meters, up to two delivery meters and one lateral pipeline. According to the filing with FERC, the company has acquired permission to survey about 44% of land parcels crossed by the mainline pipeline and about 37% of the parcels crossed by the lateral pipeline.

Cheniere Midstream said it will file initial draft resource reports and begin field surveys in the next reporting period. (FERC docket PF17-3)

Two liquefaction trains are online at Sabine Pass, with the third and fourth expected to reach substantial completion in 2017. The Corpus Christi LNG project expects its first two trains to reach substantial completion in 2019.