Deliveries to Sabine Indicate Train 1 Commissioning Well Underway

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The first substantial deliveries of 46 MMcf to Sabine Pass LNG took place Dec. 10 from Creole Trail’s Creole Trail-SPLIQ-D meter location. This increase in deliveries came from a 33.6 MMcf receipt off of the TETCO pipeline. The point has an operational capacity of 1.7 Bcf.

Nominations at this point were first seen Oct 1; since then it has averaged 2.74 MMcf/d. This correlated with consistent flaring activity seen by Genscape’s proprietary monitors.

This substantial increase in delivery represents a huge step toward commissioning and first LNG production at Train 1. Monitors have been able to see systematic testing of the turbine stacks that run the compressors in the ConocoPhillips Cascade Process, whereby a three loop (propane, ethylene and methane) process cools the gas to minus 260 degrees F. Based on the ConocoPhillips Cascade process, Genscape anticipates that all of the turbine stacks will be visible (hot) when liquefying.

Comments made by Cheniere CEO, Charif Souki, during the 20th International Gas & Electricity Summit in Paris have indicated that they will fill all of their 17 Bcf storage before the first cargo is loaded in January 2016. He indicated the company needs to see the rate at which Train 1 produces LNG. In addition, he mentioned accumulating enough LNG to cool down everything, saying Cheniere has five 3.4 Bcf tanks.

The newly commissioned LNG ship expected to load this first cargo, Energy Atlantic, is steaming toward Sabine. The ship is currently located in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Each train at Sabine has a nameplate liquefaction capacity of 0.6 Bcf/d. Shipping data provided by Genscape unit, Commodity Vectors, has confirmed that Sabine has taken maintenance cargos to keep the regasification side cold.

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