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FERC approval for Cheniere to feed LNG to Corpus Christi facility

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Reuters is reporting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a request by Cheniere Energy to feed the first gas into its new LNG facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, marking the beginning of a commissioning phase for the export terminal.

The approval from FERC, issued late on Thursday, means Cheniere will be able to produce the first commissioning cargo by 4Q18, if not earlier.

Train 1 at the Corpus Christi facility will become the first LNG export terminal in Texas and the third functioning one in the US as the country ramps up the sale of LNG to unprecedented levels in the coming years.

Cheniere’s Chief Executive, Jack Fusco, told analysts earlier this month the facility would produce its first LNG in 4Q18, implying a commercial start-up of the facility earlier than the slated 1H19.

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal, with four operational plants, is the largest LNG facility in the country with a 18 million tpy capacity and began operations in 2016.

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