When Cheniere Energy planned its original regasification plant on the Gulf of Mexico, the United States was one of the world’s largest importers of natural gas. Booming gas output from the country's shale formations subsequently turned that market around.
Together with Cheniere, Bechtel built and expanded Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal between 2005 and 2009 and added liquefaction capability in 2016 so that the terminal’s existing storage tanks, berths, and pipelines could be used for LNG exports.
In September 2022, Sabine Pass Liquefaction (SPL) became the first terminal in the world able to accommodate three LNG tankers simultaneously.
About the project
This 1,000+ acre facility contains six liquefaction units, or trains, with a total capacity of ~30 million tonnes per annum.
The first two LNG trains were completed in 2016. Trains 3 and 4 were completed in 2017 and Train 5 in 2019. The sixth train and third berth at SPL were completed in 2022 ahead of schedule and within budget.
The operating facility at a glance:
- Six trains with total capacity of ~30 million tonnes per annum
- Five storage tanks each capable of holding 3.4 billion cubic feet of LNG
- Three LNG tanker berths