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Pipeline flows to Sabine Pass halt as trains undergo maintenance

Natural gas flows to Cheniere Energy Inc.'s exportterminal stopped in mid-September after the facility shut down for on two of itsliquefaction trains. 

SNL Energy pipeline flow data showed that the combinedscheduled deliveries to the Louisiana terminal from the and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. ofAmerica LLC systems had been as high as 1.37 MMDth/d beforetapering to zero on Sept. 20.

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In August, deliveries bounced from levels at about550,000 Dth/d to 1 MMDth/d in three separate spikes as the second natural gasliquefaction train moved through commissioning. Together, the twopipelines delivered about 26.8 MMDth in August.

Two natural gas liquefaction trains were shut down Sept.17 to modify flares to make sure they comply with emissions limits. The repairsare expected to last about four weeks. 

Train 1 was completed in May, and train 2  FERC approval to fully enterservice after reaching substantial completion Sept. 15. Each train has anLNG production capacity of about 4.5 million tonnes per annum. FERC  Cheniere Energy onAug. 19 to begin introducing gas to its third train for commissioning. (CP11-72)

Earlier in the month, the facility was pulling in all of the gasit could through Natural Gas Pipeline Co. while utilization on Creole Trail hoveredaround 40%. Combined, Creole Trail and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. used abouthalf of their combined capacity to Sabine Pass prior to the maintenance. Themaximum capacity of Creole Trail is about 1.7 MMDth/d, and Natural GasPipeline Co.'s is 593,000 Dth/d. 

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