Maiden LNG Cargo Leaves Corpus Christi
Cheniere Energy, Inc. reported Tuesday that the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has loaded and departed from its Corpus Christi liquefaction terminal in Ingleside, Texas.
The loading and departure of LNG carrier Maria Energy, chartered by Cheniere Marketing, LLP, marks the first export of LNG from Texas and from a greenfield liquefaction facility in the Lower 48 states, Cheniere added.
“This milestone further reinforces Cheniere’s position as the leader in U.S. LNG, with a world-scale liquefaction platform that provides significant competitive advantages as we continue to execute on our growth strategy,” Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s president and CEO, said in a written statement.
Cheniere noted that its Corpus Christi liquefaction project comprises three large-scale trains and supporting infrastructure. The first train produced first LNG in November and should reach substantial completion in First Quarter 2019, the company stated. Furthermore, Cheniere reported that its second and third trains should reach substantial completion during the second half of 2019 and second half of 2021, respectively.
Along with seven smaller trains under development, Cheniere stated that it expects the Corpus Christ facility’s total nominal LNG production capacity to reach 23 million tonnes per annum.
According to port calls listed on the Marine Traffic website, Liberia-flagged Maria Energy arrived at the Cheniere facility in Ingleside on Dec. 1 and departed Tuesday morning.
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