Cheniere Energy on Friday said it filed an application with
the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization
to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export
facility in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The proposed Corpus Christi project is being designed for up
to three liquefaction trains with an aggregate peak capacity of
15 million tpy, the company said.
Cheniere had previously received approval from the FERC in
December 2011 to commence the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing process
for the Corpus Christi project.
Cheniere also filed applications with the US Department of
Energy requesting authorization to export up to 782 million
MMBtu of LNG per year (equivalent to 15 million tpy) from the
proposed Corpus Christi project to all current and future
countries with which the US has a free trade agreement as well
as to any country with which the US does not have such an
The Corpus Christi project is being designed for up to
three liquefaction trains, three 160,000 m3 full containment
storage tanks, and two LNG carrier docks.
After an eight month pre-filing process with the FERC,
we have determined that our site at Corpus Christi meets all of
the requirements of an attractive liquefaction project, said Charif Souki,
CEO of Cheniere Energy.
The Corpus Christi project would also include a 23-mile
associated pipeline that would connect the Corpus Christi
terminal to multiple interstate and intrastate pipelines.
FERC is the lead agency in the permitting process and
we expect to complete the permitting process within 18
months, the CEO added.
We have also initiated applications for permits with
other cooperating agencies including the DOE and other federal
and state agencies as required. Our application with the FERC
is the second such application filed to date.
Cheniere is already developing a liquefaction project
adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal for up to four
liquefaction trains with aggregate export capacity of 18
The Sabine Pass export plant, located at the Texas/Louisiana
border, is the only project in the lower 48 states to
have approval to export US natural gas overseas.