Sabine Pass Liquefaction


Quick facts

Site: 1000+ acres
40′ channel depth
Access: ~4 nautical miles from coast
2 docks, 3rd dock construction underway
5 tanks (17 Bcfe)
Trains operating:
In service: 2016 (as liquefaction)
Personnel: ~950


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 1,000 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 two berths (capable of receiving the world’s largest LNG carrier) with a third proposed, 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 third berth project

SPL is adding a third marine berth and supporting facilities to enhance operating flexibility at the Sabine Pass LNG facility. The third berth will be used to load LNG vessels for export and will be sized to accommodate vessels with a capacity of 125,000-180,000 cubic meters. Construction on the third berth is underway, and the targeted completion of the project is Q1 2023. 

Sabine Pass train completion dates

Substantial completion for each train was reached on the following dates:

  • Train 1: May 27, 2016
  • Train 2: September 15, 2016
  • Train 3: March 28, 2017
  • Train 4: October 9, 2017
  • Train 5: March 7, 2019
  • Train 6: February 4, 2022