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    Cheniere begins regulatory process for Corpus Christi expansion

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Pending a formal application in February 2023, new capacity could be available in late 2031.

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Cheniere begins regulatory process for Corpus Christi expansion

US LNG pioneer Cheniere Energy has started the pre-filing review process for a proposed expansion of its Corpus Christi Liquefaction (CCL) facility that would see the addition of two more midscale liquefaction trains and additional above-ground storage capacity.

In an August 19 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Cheniere is asking for the commission’s six-month pre-filing review process to begin now, ahead of a formal expansion application in February 2023. Pending that application, construction could begin in October 2024, with completion and commissioning in the second half of 2031.

“The proposed project would expand the previously approved liquefaction project and Stage 3 project facilities,” Cheniere said in its FERC filing. 

The original greenfield CCL facility consists of three liquefaction trains, each rated at 5mn mt/yr, and three above-ground storage tanks, each rated at 160,000 m3. Stage 3 facilities, which Cheniere sanctioned in June, include seven midscale liquefaction trains providing a total of about 10mn mt/yr of LNG production capacity.

The expansion project, Cheniere said, would add two more midscale trains – “near replicates” of the Stage 3 trains – each rated at 1.6mn mt/yr of LNG capacity, and a new above-ground storage tank capable of holding 220,000 m3 of LNG. It would also increase CCL’s authorised loading rate to 22,500 m3/hour from both jetties from 12,000 m3/hour in the original CCL approval.