CAMERON, Louisiana – Just across a waterway from Port Arthur is the second largest liquefied natural gas facility in the world.
Second only to QatarEnergy on the Arabian Peninsula, the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG facility has an impressive track record.
They are currently the largest exporter of LNG to Europe from the United States, with approximately 75% of their product volumes delivered to Europe in the first quarter of 2022. This represents approximately 38% of the product volume delivered to Europe in the first quarter 2021.
Earlier this month, media toured the facility and saw a number of 6,000 horsepower tugs from Cheniere assisting in the mobilization of the LNG carrier Isabella. The ship was piloted out of the area by legend Sabine Pilots.
Cheniere is one of the only Sabine Neches Waterway facilities with its own dedicated tugs, said Maas Hinz, vice president and general manager of Cheniere LNG Sabine Pass.
Anatol Feygin, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Cheniere, said the facility was originally built for imports before turning to export. Construction for export began in August 2012.
“So this success has been around for a decade and we’ve been shipping LNG from the installation since February 2016,” Feygin said. “In these relatively short six years, Sabine Pass is currently the second largest liquefaction facility in the world, we are second only to the energy facilities in Qatar.”
In addition, there is a second Cheniere plant located in Corpus Christi which is about half the size of the Sabine Pass site from a production perspective. Together they have exported just over 2,000 shipments to around 40 different countries and markets.
“One of the things that Cheniere brought to the LNG world that was fairly new was the business model of not actually owning the resource,” he said, adding that they were buying from the US and Canadian gas markets. .
They usually deal with between 70 and 100 producing companies
Cheniere boosts six operating trains, or liquefaction units. The sixth train was added in February.
The Sabine Pass site is over 1,000 acres with a channel depth of 40 feet.
To put the size into perspective, each of the five storage tanks visible for miles around could hold a 747 aircraft inside; the quays are capable of receiving the largest LNG tanker in the world.
There are two berths on site with a third under construction.
Targeted completion is in the first quarter of 2023, according to information from Cheniere.
The company has been and has been working for about four years on clean climate initiatives.
“One of the first things we’ve done to support our social license to operate, and to support the energy transition that we’re all part of, is to commit to providing transparency for every cargo whose emissions are reported,” he said. he declared.
Every cargo from this year from Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi will provide LNG customers with greenhouse gas emissions data. The cargo emissions labels are “designed to improve environmental transparency by quantifying the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions of LNG cargoes from the wellhead to the point of cargo delivery,” according to information from Cheniere.