Venture Global LNG ships second Calcasieu Pass cargo to Europe

US LNG firm Venture Global LNG has shipped the second cargo from its Calcasieu Pass plant in Louisiana to Europe, according to shipping data.

The 2021-built, 174,000-cbm Vivirt City LNG, owned by H-Line and chartered by trader Vitol, left the Calcasieu Pass on Wednesday, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

Vivirt City LNG should arrive at Elengy’s Fos Cavaou terminal near the southern city of Marseille on March 23, the data said. The vessel may also change its destination in the meantime.

This shipment follows the first commissioning cargo that left the Calcasieu Pass facility on March 1.

The 2021-built LNG carrier Yiannis, owned by Greece’s Maran Gas and chartered by a unit of Japan’s Jera and EDF Trading, appears to be heading to Europe as well.

Calcasieu Pass produced its first LNG on January 19 while the 174,000-cbm LNG carrier arrived at the export facility in early February.

After that, Venture Global won approval from FERC to ship the first commissioning cargo.

Once completed, Calcasieu Pass will produce about 10 mtpa of LNG from 18 modular units configured in 9 blocks. The plant is the seventh large LNG export facility in the US.

Calcasieu Pass has contracts with Shell, BP, Edison, Galp, Repsol, PGNiG, Sinopec’s unit Unipec, as well as CNOOC.

Plaquemines LNG next in line

This is Venture Global’s first LNG export plant but the company plans to build three more export facilities.

The second in the pipeline is the Plaquemines LNG export facility in Louisiana.

Venture Global this week revealed a deal with a unit of Shell for this project.

Under the deal, Shell NA LNG will buy two mtpa of LNG from Venture Global’s Plaquemines facility in Louisiana.

This new contract builds on Shell’s existing contract for 2 mtpa from the Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal, bringing Shell’s total long-term offtake from Venture Global’s facilities to 4 mtpa.

Venture Global said that Plaquemines LNG would start production in 2024 but the company has not yet announced a final investment decision on the development.

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