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Cheniere files applications to build Corpus Christi terminal and export LNG

LNG Industry,

Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorization to site, construct and operate an LNG export facility to be located near Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Corpus Christi project is projected to have three LNG liquefaction trains with a combined peak capacity of 15 million tpy. This will be Cheniere’s second application to build an LNG terminal after applying for permission to build liquefaction capacity and export LNG from its neighbouring Sabine Pass terminal.

CEI has also filed applications with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requesting multi-contract authorization to export up to 782 million MMBtu of LNG per year (equivalent to 15 million tpy) from the proposed Corpus Christi Project to all current and future countries with which the U.S. has a Free Trade Agreement as well as to any country with which the U.S. does not have a Free Trade Agreement with.  

The terminal will have three liquefaction trains, three storage tanks, each with a capacity of 160,000 m3. The Corpus Christi Project would also include a 23 mile associated pipeline that would connect the Corpus Christi terminal to multiple interstate and intrastate pipelines.  

"After an eight month pre-filing process with the FERC, we have determined that our site at Corpus Christi meets all of the requirements of an attractive liquefaction project," said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO of Cheniere Energy, Inc.  "FERC is the lead agency in the permitting process and we expect to complete the permitting process within 18 months.  We have also initiated applications for permits with other cooperating agencies including the DOE and other federal and state agencies as required.  Our application with the FERC is the second such application filed to date."

Adapted from press release Peter Farrell.

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