LNG in World Markets: Cheniere Seeks 20-MMt/y Expansion at Sabine Pass

This current feature was extracted from the latest edition of Poten’s LNG in World Markets, a monthly service published on February 28, 2023.

Cheniere Energy, the largest US LNG exporter, is now seeking permission from federal regulators to add another 20 MMt/y of LNG production and export capacity at the company’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana.

If the proposed Sabine Pass project and a fourth round of expansions at Corpus Christi LNG in Texas are approved and built, Cheniere will have a combined production capacity of 78.3 MMt/y at the beginning of the next decade – meaning that the company will be able to produce more LNG than every exporting nation except Qatar and Australia. With an operating track record, Cheniere has advantages over some of its US competitors, although like other producers it will face tough competition from 2028 when the market is expected to be long.

The Houston-based exporter currently has 45 MMt/y of LNG production capacity between Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi. The company is in the middle of construction for its Corpus Christi Stage 3 project, which will add seven midscale trains with a combined 10 MMt/y of capacity and a storage tank with 160,000 m³ of capacity. General contractor Bechtel is nearly 25% complete with the project and initial production is expected by the end of 2025.

Cheniere is seeking permission to add two more midscale trains at Corpus Christi that will produce another 3.3 MMt/y of LNG, in addition to the 20 MMt/y at Sabine Pass.

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