U.S. LNG Export Terminals on the Move Towards Commercial Operations
These East Coast and Gulf Coast facilities, representing nearly 9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of LNG export capacity, are expected to begin operations in late 2015
Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi, Texas, liquefaction export facility, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this past December, is moving toward construction with an anticipated start-date during the second quarter of 2015. If it occurs as planned, there will be five liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities in varying stages of construction in the Lower 48 states, EIA noted in a recent news release.
Four of these LNG terminals are brownfield projects being developed on existing regasification sites already in operation, which allows them to share functions with existing LNG import facilities to conserve on construction and operating expenses. Cheniere’s Corpus Christi facility, being developed on Cheniere’s La Quinta Channel property previously approved for a regasification facility (but not constructed), is the first greenfield project approved by FERC. These East Coast and Gulf Coast facilities, representing nearly 9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of LNG export capacity, are expected to begin operations in late 2015. All of them are scheduled to be in service by 2018.