Venture Global says two more Calcasieu Pass liquefaction blocks ready for service

US LNG export player Venture Global is seeking approval to put in service the fifth and the sixth 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 May 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.

The US FERC approved the company’s request to place in service the first four liquefaction blocks on May 13.

Now Venture Global is seeking the same for the next two liquefaction blocks, according to a filling with FERC dated July 6.

The firm said that Calcasieu Pass had produced its first LNG on April 14 from Block 5A and from Block 5B, while it had produced first LNG on April 30 from Block 6A and on April 18 from Block 6B.

“Given the success of these commissioning operations, Calcasieu Pass respectfully requests
authorization to place Blocks 5-6 in-service,” it said.

Full production expected later this year

The US Energy Information Administration previously said it expects Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass liquefaction plant to reach full production by the third quarter of this year.

Since the first commissioning cargo in March, most of the Calcasieu Pass shipments landed in Europe due to high prices and as European countries look 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.

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