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    Venture Global produces first LNG at Calcasieu Pass


The Calcasieu Pass LNG facility expects to load its first cargo on or after February 9. [Image: Venture Global]

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Venture Global produces first LNG at Calcasieu Pass

US LNG company Venture Global produced its first LNG cargo at the Calcasieu Pass plant in Louisiana on January 19 and expects to load its first commissioning cargo on or after February 9, according to a company filing sent to US federal regulators on February 3.

Venture Global has filed a request to load the first cargo with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). With a liquefaction capacity of 10mn metric tons/year, the Calcasieu Pass facility is now the seventh major LNG export terminal in the US to have entered production.


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The terminal has deepwater access, located at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico on the Calcasieu ship channel, and is equipped with two loading berths for LNG vessels with a capacity of up to 185,000 m3.

The facility's launch comes after Venture Global signed a 20-year deal to sell 1.5mn mt/yr from Calcasieu Pass and 2mn mt/yr from its 20mn mt/yr Plaquemines LNG facility, also in Louisiana, with China's CNOOC in December.