Cheniere takes FID on Corpus Christi liquefaction project
May 13, 2015
Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has made a positive Final Investment Decision with respect to its liquefaction project near Corpus Christi, Texas and has issued a notice to proceed to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. to construct the first two natural gas liquefaction trains. The CCL Project is designed for up to three trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 million tonnes per annum, three LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 10.1 Bcfe, two LNG carrier docks and a 22-mile, 48″ natural gas supply pipeline. The first train is expected to start operations as early as 2018, with the second train expected to commence operations approximately six to nine months thereafter.
“We have initiated construction on our second LNG export facility, the Corpus Christi liquefaction project, located on the Coastal Bend of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Including our LNG export facility at Sabine Pass, we now have six trains under construction, with first LNG expected at Sabine Pass from Train 1 by year end,” said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO of Cheniere. “For these major projects, getting to the point of commencing construction represents the culmination of years of dedicated hard work by all of our employees, Bechtel, other strategic partners, and legislative and government officials. We would like to thank all for their efforts and look forward to successful project execution in Corpus Christi.”
Total project costs of approximately $11.5 billion for the first two trains, two LNG storage tanks, one dock and the natural gas supply pipeline will be funded with approximately $3.1 billion of project equity and approximately $8.4 billion of debt.