Cheniere plans two more Corpus Christi LNG trains

US LNG exporting giant Cheniere is planning to build two more liquefaction trains and one storage tank as part of the third expansion phase at its Corpus Christi LNG export plant in Texas.

The Corpus Christi liquefaction plant now consists of three operational trains with each having a capacity of about 5 mtpa.

In June, Cheniere took a final investment decision on Stage 3 expansion at its Corpus Christi LNG export plant.

Under the expansion, Cheniere will add up to seven midscale trains, each with an expected liquefaction capacity of about 1.49 mtpa, with a total production capacity of more than 10 mtpa.

Cheniere’s chief executive Jack Fusco recently said that the company was working to add over 30 million tonnes of capacity at its Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi plants. These plants now have a combined capacity of more than 45 mtpa.

Fusco said that the company would provide more details on its growth plans at both Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi “later this year”.

Each train to have capacity of 1.64 mtpa

Cheniere revealed more details of the expansion plans at the Corpus Christi plant in a filling with the US FERC filed earlier this month.

The US LNG terminal operator submitted a letter with FERC to initiate the pre-filling process for the proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction Midscale Trains 8 & 9 Project.

Moreover, the project would be located about 1.6 kilometers southeast of Gregory, Texas and would be integrated adjacent to or within the existing Corpus Christi plant.

It would consist of two midscale liquefaction trains, each capable of producing up to
1.64 mtpa of LNG, on-site refrigerant storage, a 220,000-cbm LNG storage tank, and an increase in the authorized LNG loading rate, according to Cheniere.

Cheniere said it would supply feed gas to the project via a combination of the Corpus Christi pipeline system and a nonjurisdictional intrastate pipeline.

Upon completion of the Commission’s mandatory 6-month pre-filing process, anticipated in
February 2023, Cheniere said it plans to file a formal application to seek authorization of the project no later than August 2024.

Cheniere plans to start construction in October 2024 and to launch the project in the second half of 2031.

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