Cheniere celebrates opening of Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project

Source: press release, 15 November 2018

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project in Texas, the first greenfield LNG facility in lower 48 states
Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project in Texas, the first greenfield LNG facility in lower 48 states (illustration: Cheniere Energy, Inc.)

Cheniere Energy, Inc. has celebrated the opening of its Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project in Texas, the first greenfield liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility built in the lower 48 states, and upon its first cargo, the first LNG exporter from Texas. Cheniere was joined at the celebration by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, state and local officials, commercial customers and partners, community members, investors, and employees.

“Today’s ceremony marks a historic step forward in Cheniere’s ability to provide clean, secure and affordable energy to the world, while creating new jobs here at home. The facility’s initial startup is the result of years of hard work from our talented employees and construction partner, Bechtel, and the support we have received from our customers, elected officials, federal and regional agencies, community partners, and stakeholders,” says Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and CEO. “This facility continues Cheniere’s track record of delivering projects ahead of schedule, safely and under budget.”

The more than 1,000-acre Corpus Christi liquefaction facility is strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico and employs nearly 500 direct workers and contractors. The facility, which began construction in May of 2015, is the first operational LNG export plant in Texas. The plant, together with Cheniere’s existing Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana, represent an investment of approximately $30 billion in U.S. energy infrastructure, creating tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and promoting domestic energy production.

The Corpus Christi liquefaction facility consists of three large-scale LNG production units – or “trains” – with an additional seven smaller trains proposed. The facility’s first train has now produced first LNG and is expected to reach substantial completion in the first quarter of 2019. Train 2 has a target in-service date in the second half of 2019. Substantial completion of Train 3 is expected in the second half of 2021. Together, the three trains are expected to have a nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) of LNG. The facility will also feature three LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 13.5 billion cubic feet equivalent (bcfe) and two marine berths, currently under construction or in development. The seven smaller trains currently under development would increase the facility’s total expected nominal production capacity to approximately 23 mtpa.

Bechtel, provider of project management, engineering, procurement, and construction, joined Cheniere Energy to announce production of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction project.

This production train at the Corpus Christi project is the latest of six trains that Bechtel has delivered with Cheniere at two sites on the US Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass Liquefaction project in Louisiana produced the first LNG from that site’s fifth train earlier in November.

“These achievements further highlight the value this ongoing successful partnership with Cheniere brings for both of us,” says Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals President Alasdair Cathcart. “We are proud to have contributed to Cheniere’s success by collaboratively delivering these LNG trains ahead of schedule and with cost certainty through our lump-sum approach.”