Where operational excellence meets expansion opportunity
Site: 1,000+ acres
Access: 45’ channel depth
Proximity: 15 nautical miles from coast
Berths: 2 docks
Storage: 3 tanks (~10 Bcfe)
Trains operating: 2
Trains under construction: 1
In service: 2019
In South Texas, the first greenfield LNG export facility in the contiguous United States stands as an example of Cheniere’s history of operational excellence, delivering new infrastructure ahead of schedule and producing energy safely and reliably. With access to abundant, low-cost natural gas and a proposed and fully permitted expansion project, the Corpus Christi Liquefaction facility also provides Cheniere potential for growth as the world requires new sources of cleaner energy solutions.
Cheniere’s 1,000+ acre Corpus Christi Liquefaction facility (CCL) is located in the Corpus Christi Bay in San Patricio County, Texas, where energy infrastructure and estuaries coexist. CCL currently has two fully operational liquefaction units — or “trains” — and a third train is expected to be completed in 2021. The first two trains were completed ahead of schedule and within budget, and the third is currently tracking on an accelerated delivery pace. Each train is designed to produce up to 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG.
Construction of this liquefaction project was a massive undertaking. If we added up each of the components of the two trains currently operating, we would need more than 190,000 cubic meters of concrete, more than 45,000 tonnes of structural steel, 322 kilometers of pipe and 4,000 kilometers of electrical cable. That’s enough cable to cover the distance from California to North Carolina! And because of the biodiversity of CCL’s location, as part of our development project, we facilitated the permitting, design and construction of more than $8 million of breakwater protection projects.
The facility’s three containment tanks each have the capacity to store 160,000 cubic meters of LNG — and while we’d never put them there, they are each large enough to fit a 747 airliner. The facility’s two berths have the capacity to receive the world’s largest LNG carrier, the Q-Max, which is 344.4 meters long with a cargo capacity of 266,000 cubic meters of LNG.
Cheniere is also commercializing its Stage 3 expansion project, which proposes up to seven “midscale” trains that would add approximately 10 mtpa of additional aggregate production capacity, bringing CCL’s total nominal capacity to approximately 25 mtpa. Stage 3, Cheniere’s next stage of growth, is an economically attractive, competitive project.
The Corpus Christi site is built at ~25’ above sea level, and is strategically situated for LNG exports given its large acreage position, interconnections with multiple interstate and intrastate pipeline systems and its premier marine access, located less than 15 miles from the coast. CCL has the ability to access natural gas from some of the most prolific production regions in the country, including the Permian Basin. The approximately 22-mile, 48” Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline connects CCL to several interstate and intrastate pipelines, giving the facility access to robust gas resources. Cheniere also has access to an extensive pipeline network through long-term transportation agreements. CCL works with dozens of natural gas producers and infrastructure companies to purchase natural gas and reliably transport the supply to the terminal.
Corpus Christi Train 3
A positive Final Investment Decision was reached for Train 3 in May 2018, and full notice to proceed with construction was issued to Bechtel. The overall project completion is greater than 99% complete as of December 31, 2020 and is expected to reach substantial completion in 1Q 2021.
Corpus Christi expansion opportunities
Corpus Christi Stage 3 project
We are developing an expansion adjacent to the CCL project for up to seven midscale trains with an expected total production capacity of approximately 10 mtpa of LNG. This project received its FERC order in November 2019.
Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline, L.P. (“CCPL”) proposes to construct a new associated bi-directional interstate natural gas pipeline and related facilities to deliver feed gas to the Corpus Christi Stage 3 LNG facilities. This pipeline was approved by FERC in docket number CP12-508-000.
Additional liquefaction capacity
Our land position at our Corpus Christi site enables significant further liquefaction capacity expansion, beyond the three large-scale trains and the Corpus Christi Stage 3 expansion project.
Corpus Christi train completion dates
Substantial completion for each train was reached on the following dates:
- Train 1: February 28, 2019
- Train 2: August 28, 2019
- Train 3: Expected 2021