Sabine Pass Asks to Expand LNG Project

By Nushin Huq

Dec. 4 — Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Inc., filed an application with federal regulators asking permission to expand its liquefied natural gas facility in Louisiana, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.

The company sought authorization by July 2016 to construct two LNG loading stations, each having bays capable of loading LNG transport carriers or International Standards Organization containers, conventional cold and insulated piping, cryogenic hoses for filling and vapor return as well as appurtenances, FERC said in a notice of application posted Dec. 3 (FERC docket number CP16-19).

The already approved Sabine Pass project is under construction in Cameron Parish, La., and initial operations are scheduled for early 2016, the company said in its application.

Serving a New Market 

The proposed expansion at Sabine Pass will be located within the footprint that FERC has approved, the company said. The expansion will enable Sabine Pass to serve, “a relatively new market segment in which there has been rapid domestic growth on account of LNG’s distinct advantages as a fuel for transportation and other industrial and heavy engine applications,” the company said. It has not yet entered into any commercial agreements for the proposed project.

Within 90 days of the notice, FERC will either issue an environmental assessment or issue a notice of schedule for environmental review, the agency said. FERC received the application on Nov. 18.

Corpus Christi Construction Approved 

FERC also approved Dec. 3 Cheniere Energy’s request to commence construction of LNG storage tanks at its Corpus Christi LNG Project, FERC said in a letter to the company.

The approval allows the company to build LNG storage tanks, including inner steel and outer concrete tanks, roof, internal tank structures, columns, suspended deck, internal piping, insulation, nozzles and structural steel platform and waterfall structures as described in the company’s application filed Oct. 20, 2015. It does not include external piping and equipment, which will be the subject of a future submittal, FERC said (FERC dockets CP12-507 and CP12-508).

Cheniere expects the Corpus Christi project will be in service by 2018. On Dec. 1, the company filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia defending FERC's environmental review of the project in a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club.

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