Cheniere to boost capacity at its LNG export plants

US LNG exporter Cheniere has secured approvals from federal regulators to increase liquefaction capacity at both of its Gulf Coast terminals.

Cheniere owns the 25 mtpa Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, which will soon add about 5 mtpa capacity, and the 15 mtpa Corpus Christi facility in Texas.

According to two separate FERC orders, Cheniere’s units Sabine Pass Liquefaction and Corpus Christi Liquefaction received the approvals to increase capacity by about 10 percent and 14 percent, respectfully.

Corpus Christi Liquefaction will boost its production capacity from 767 billion cubic feet per year to 875.16 Bcf/y to “reflect the project’s actual capabilities.”

On the other side, Sabine Pass Liquefaction won the green light to increase capacity to 1,661.94 Bcf/y from 1,509 Bcf/y.

The capacity increase for both of the terminals will not require any new facilities or construction activities.

Cheniere’s units said that more precise performance information gathered during the construction and operation of the two facilities proved that the plants are capable of accommodating a higher total LNG production capacity.

The plants would achieve the increased production capacity through “modifications to maintenance and production processes made possible by enhancements made during the facilities’ final design, construction, and initial operation,” they said.

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