Sabine Pass Liquefaction

~30mtpa
LNG PRODUCTION CAPACITY
~2410
CARGOES PRODUCED
6
TRAINS IN OPERATION
2016
FIRST LNG

Quick facts

Site: 1000+ acres
Accessibility:
40′ channel depth
Access: ~4 nautical miles from coast
Berths:

Storage:
5 tanks (17 Bcfe)
Trains operating:
6
In service: 2016 (as liquefaction)
Personnel: ~950

Overview

Surrounded by thriving Louisiana wetlands, blessed with an enviable view of the Gulf of Mexico and the Texas border, our Sabine Pass facility is a marvel of modern infrastructure. Through sunny days and some stormy nights, Sabine Pass Liquefaction (SPL) has reliably and safely produced more than 2,000 cargoes since 2016, setting a new standard of excellence in the LNG field. These cargoes have powered factories and homes around the world.

Sabine Pass currently has six fully operational liquefaction units — or trains” — each capable of producing ~5 mtpa of LNG. These six trains have been brought online ahead of schedule, and all within budget. With all six trains complete, the aggregate nominal production capacity of SPL is approximately 30 mtpa of LNG, and we process more than 4.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas into LNG. To give you some perspective, if we added up each of the components for the six trains, we would need 361,000 cubic yards of concrete, 89,000 tons of structural steel, almost 400 miles of pipe and over 3,600 miles of electrical cable. That’s enough cable to stretch from Houston all the way to Alaska.

Sabine Pass has multiple advantages as an LNG export facility. It is located less than four nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing for convenient access and egress for vessels. It has multiple pipeline connections to interstate and intrastate pipelines, providing redundancy and diversity in natural gas supply. And with five storage tanks — each of which could hold a 747 airplane inside — and three berths, the infrastructure at Sabine Pass is designed to support its high volume of LNG shipments.

Through access to an extensive pipeline network, Sabine Pass has the ability to access natural gas from every supply source in the continental United States east of the Rocky Mountains and works with dozens of natural gas producers and infrastructure companies to purchase natural gas supply and reliably transport the supply to the terminal.

Sabine Pass expansion opportunities

Sabine Pass Stage 5 Expansion Project

We are developing an expansion project (the SPL Expansion Project”) adjacent to the existing SPL project located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The SPL Expansion Project is being designed for total expected production capacity of approximately 20 mtpa and is expected to consist of:

  • Two large-scale liquefaction trains, each with an expected nominal production capacity of approximately 7.0 mtpa of LNG 
  • Boil-off gas (BOG) re-liquefaction unit with approximate production capacity of 0.75 mtpa
  • Two full-containment, above ground 220,000 m³ LNG storage tanks with loading capabilities
  • Appurtenant connecting facilities and piping

The SPL Expansion Project is expected to benefit from the significant existing infrastructure at the SPL Project and contemplates various enhancements to its existing capabilities, including optimized ship loading at the existing marine facilities. Additionally, the feedgas related to the SPL Expansion Project is expected to be transported via a combination of new and existing pipelines currently supplying the SPL Project.

We have engaged Bechtel Energy, Inc. to complete a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study of the SPL Expansion Project.

On May 30, 2023, the FERC accepted Sabine Pass into the pre-filing review process under the National Environmental Policy Act with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). We expect to submit the full regulatory filing to the FERC following the mandatory 180-day pre-filing period. The development of the SPL Expansion Project, and any necessary supporting infrastructure related to natural gas supply and LNG demand, is subject to receipt of all required regulatory approvals and permits, and sufficient commercial and financing arrangements before a final investment decision (“FID”) can be reached.

We are also proposing the construction and operation of a new, interstate natural gas pipeline as part of the Sabine Pass Stage 5 Expansion Project. 

On September 5, 2023, the Sabine Crossing Pipeline was added to the pre-filing review process for the Project. Sabine Crossing proposes to build, own and operate a new, 48-inch diameter pipeline of approximately 5.3 miles in length extending from the Sabine Pass Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, under the Sabine-Neches Waterway into Jefferson County, Texas. It will connect with interstate and/​or intrastate pipelines developed by others in the future. The proposed project also includes receipt meter station(s) with interconnecting pipelines in Jefferson County and a delivery interconnection facility within the Sabine Pass LNG facility in Cameron Parish.

You are invited to participate in the FERC process. Please reference FERC Docket No. PF23-2-000 when searching the FERC’s eLibrary. Additional information can be found at the below websites.

Stakeholders can reach out to the project with feedback, questions or concerns at community@cheniere.com or 888-371-3607.

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