Cheniere Takes First Steps to Expand Sabine Pass LNG Shipping Terminal

Cheniere Energy said it has taken preliminary steps to expand the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal, the busiest facility of its kind in the United States. Photo courtesy of Cheniere Energy

Feb. 23 (UPI) — The operator of the busiest liquefied natural gas export terminal in the US, Cheniere Energy, said Thursday it has begun the pre-approval process for the expansion of the Sabine Pass terminal.

The Sabine Pass terminal is typically the busiest export terminal for liquefied natural gas, coming primarily from inland shale basins. Of the 26 LNG ships that left export terminals in the seven-day period ending February 16, nine departed from the Sabin Pass.

Shenier said it has begun a “pre-application process” for its proposed Sabine Pass Expansion Project (SPL Expansion Project), an expansion that will have a maximum production capacity of 974 billion cubic feet of gas in liquid form per year.

Exports for the week ending February 16 were 98 billion cubic feet.

The expansion project includes three lines – the infrastructure that cools the gas to its liquid form – and includes two storage tanks with a peak capacity of 7.7 million cubic feet of natural gas.

Cheniere has already approached project management firm Bechtel Energy to provide preliminary engineering and design for the expansion.

“As the first and largest LNG exporter in the Lower 48, Sabine Pass has become an industry pioneer critical to delivering reliable, flexible and environmentally friendly natural gas to markets and customers around the world, and we look forward to significantly expanding this capability through SPL expansion project,” said Jack Fusco, senior management of Cheniere.

During the Trump administration, then-U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in 2018 that the country’s energy policy would be a deterrent against Russia.

“An energy policy where we can supply energy to Eastern Europe, where we partner with people around the world, where they know we will supply them with energy, and where there are no strings attached, is one of the strongest signals we can send. to Russia,” Perry said.

It was LNG that largely helped Europe cope in 2022 with the loss of Russian production due to Western-backed sanctions. Meanwhile, a recent analysis by consulting group Wood Mackenzie shows the United States is on track to become the world’s top LNG exporter this year.

Cheniere shipped 112 LNG shipments in the three-month period ending December, up 15% from last year. Net profit of $2.5 billion for fourth quarter was 396% higher than the same period in 2021.

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