US LNG export player Venture Global is seeking approval to put in service the first four liquefaction blocks at its Calcasieu Pass plant in Louisiana.
Calcasieu Pass produced its first LNG on January 19 and shipped the first commissioning cargo on March 1.
Following completion, the project will have a capacity to produce 10 mtpa of LNG or 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) from 18 modular units configured in 9 blocks.
Venture Global said in a filing with the US FERC dated May 2 that Calcasieu Pass had produced its first LNG from the second liquefaction block on February 9, followed by the third on February 18, and the fourth on March 6.
“Given the success of these commissioning operations, Calcasieu Pass respectfully requests
authorization to place Blocks 1-4 in-service,” Venture Global said.
The US Energy Information Administration expects Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass liquefaction plant to reach full production by the third quarter of this year.
Besides the first Calcasieu Pass cargo, which landed in Europe, the plant has shipped eight more cargoes as of April 27, EIA said.
Most of these shipments arrived in Europe due to high prices and as the continent looks to reduce reliance on Russian gas supplies.
The Calcasieu Pass project is the seventh US liquefaction and export facility to begin producing LNG since 2016.
It receives its feedgas through Venture Global’s TransCameron pipeline, which has interconnections with the ANR, TETCO, and Bridgeline pipelines.
Calcasieu Pass has contracts with Shell, BP, Edison, Galp, Repsol, PGNiG, Sinopec’s unit Unipec, and CNOOC.