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HOUSTON (ICIS)–US LNG exporter Cheniere expects first LNG from both Train 5 at its Sabine Pass plant and Train 1 at its under-construction Corpus Christi plant in Q4 2018, Cheniere CEO Jack Fusco said during the company’s Q2 earning call on 9 August.
Both trains are undergoing the commissioning progress, Cheniere said, and are expected to be operational ahead of schedule. Previous estimates for the trains’ commissioning dates were in the first half of 2019. Now, the trains are expected to be producing commercial LNG by that time.
“We are working very closely with [construction company] Bechtel to make sure that we conduct the commissioning safely and rapidly, and I’m guardedly optimistic that we’ll continue to outperform,” Fusco said.
Train 5 at Sabine Pass in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, is 95% complete, according to Cheniere, and received government approval for fuel gas introduction in early July. The Corpus Christi plant in south Texas is roughly 90% complete, with its second train expected to come online in the second half of 2019. Overall, the commissioning process for Train 5 at Sabine Pass and Train 1 at Corpus Christi will take three to five months, Cheniere said.
All of the commissioning cargoes would be marketed on a spot basis by Cheniere’s trading subsidiary Cheniere Marketing. Chief financial officer Michael Wortley said each train could produce between five to seven commissioning cargoes, although this figure could vary.
On 6 August, feedgas flows to the Sabine Pass plant dropped to 2.39b cubic feet (bcf)/day, or around 67.68mcm/day, and have remained low since then, at the same time market sources reported an outage at Train 1.
It is unclear whether the outage is planned or not, although Cheniere executives said during the call that the company attempts to schedule outages during shoulder months.
By : Lawrence Holt
Source: ICIS News // 10 August 2018 00:09
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Ed Cox is Editor of ICIS’ Global LNG portfolio and previously headed up the daily ICIS European gas report, ESGM. Ed has over 10 years of experience within the energy and petrochemical markets, working within different departments of ICIS.
Ed studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and has also worked within the financial industry
Ben Wetherall is the Head of Gas & LNG at ICIS and is responsible for overseeing the company’s natural gas and LNG markets pricing benchmarks and market analysis. He has worked closely with the LNG trading community to provide price reference points and market intelligence which has supported the growth of trade. He previously edited ICIS Global LNG Markets and has published research on LNG short-term trading and pricing. Prior to joining ICIS in 2010, Ben worked as a consultant for Gas Strategies where he provided commercial advice on upstream, pipeline and LNG projects in Europe, Russia and Asia. He also worked as a country risk analyst for IHS Global Insight, and has monitored over 10 elections in Europe and the CIS for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Roman has a background in LNG of over 10 years. He started his career in the energy sector as a business development manager, energy for King & Spalding with special reference to gas-to-ower project in Russia. He has worked as an LNG broker on both shipping and product for E.A. Gibsons. He is currently affiliated with University of Cambridge, Energy Policy Research Group. His most recent study Economics of LNG Trade: the economics of inter-basin arbitrage trade 2010-2014 was published in January 2016. He is currently involved in research on development of hybrid approach to LNG derivatives trade. At ICIS, Roman edits the LNG Markets Daily and overseas the daily price assessments across Asia-Pacific region.
Ruth Liao is Americas editor for LNG at ICIS and responsible for price assessments, news coverage and analytics for North and South America. Her coverage can be found in LNG Markets Daily, Global LNG Markets and the LNG analytics platform LNG Edge. Ruth has been an editor with ICIS since 2011 and joined the LNG editorial team in 2012. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of journalism and has worked at daily newspapers in Arizona and Oregon. She has most recently spoken at the North American Gas Forum in Washington, DC, the Houston 2025 and Beyond conference in Houston and the ICIS China LNG Supply/Demand and Investment Opportunities training in Shanghai.
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