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LNG tanker en route to Sabine Pass for first cargo loading

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According to Reuters, the Sabine Pass LNG plant in Louisiana, US will load its first tanker on 12 January 2016. The Sabine Pass LNG project is a liquefaction and export plant, which is owned by Cheniere Energy and has recently been converted from an import-only facility. Reuters has based its reports on ship tracking data and an unnamed source with knowledge of the plant’s operations.

Reuters reports that the Energy Atlantic LNG tanker was last seen on Thomson Reuters ship tracking data travelling westwards through the Indian Ocean on 9 November 2015. Reuters’s source and IHS Waterborne consultants confirmed that the tanker is expected to arrive at the Sabine Pass for loading. The tanker will be first of many to be loaded with test cargoes prior to official commercial operations.

Nonetheless, it still remains unclear when the tanker will actually leave the Sabine Pass facility. In addition to this, Reuters states that a source suggested that another four to six months could pass before the first long-term shipments begin between Cheniere and BG Group.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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