Sabine Pass can up LNG exports

February 20, 2014

Sabine Pass LNG terminal developmentToday, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a request from Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC and Sabine Pass LNG to increase the maximum peak day liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export capacity for Trains 1-4 at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal to 2.76 Bcf/d.

This is a 25% increase from FERC's approval to Sabine Pass in April 2012, which allowed export of as much as 2.2 Bcf/d of domestically produced gas.

The Sabine Pass terminal site comprises more than 1000 acres along the Sabine River (the border between Texas and Louisiana), in Cameron Parish, LA.

Regulatory history:

In 2004, the FERC originally authorized Sabine Pass LNG to site, construct, and operate the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, with total regasification and send-out capacity of 2.6 Bcf/d and three storage tanks, to import foreign-sourced LNG.

In June 2006, Sabine Pass LNG received permission to construct three additional LNG storage tanks, as well as expanded vaporization systems, that would increase the terminal’s send-out capacity to 4 Bcf/d and its storage capacity to 16.9 Bcf.

The direction of flow changed in May 2009, when the FERC issued an order amending Sabine Pass LNG’s section 3 authorization to allow the facilities to be operated for the additional purpose of exporting LNG that had been previously imported (rather than domestically produced) into the US and stored at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in liquid form.

In September 2010, Sabine Pass Liquefaction received authorization from the Department of Energy/Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) to export up to 16 mtpa, or 2.2 Bcf/d, of domestically produced LNG by vessel to all Free Trade Agreement nations.

In May 2011, the company was additionally authorized to export to non-Free Trade Agreement nations.

Read more:

SE Asia comes to LAGCOE (1 November 2013)

Annova LNG files export application (9 October 2013)

Total signs 20-year LNG export pact (17 Dec 2012)



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