The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved Cheniere Energy Inc’s application to commission the third liquefaction train at its liquefied natural gas export facility near Gregory.
Cheniere’s Corpus Christi 3 operation on State Highway 35 is being developed for seven medium-sized liquefaction trains. Together they can produce 9.5 million tons of LNG each year.
With the new train, three trains are now in use in Corpus Christi. Trains 1 and 2 were in operation in 2019.
However, the new train has been running in test mode for months.
Houston-based Cheniere is the largest US exporter of liquefied natural gas. The company has export facilities near Gregory and on Sabine Pass, Louisiana.
Since the US started shipping shale gas overseas in 2016, Cheniere has grown into one of the world’s leading LNG suppliers.
Despite a 4% decline in 2020, energy experts predict that natural gas demand will recover in 2021 if consumption reaches pre-pandemic levels, according to a report by the International Energy Agency.
Much of the growth will come from China and the rest of Asia, according to the French agency, which also predicted the US will become the top seller of LNG by 2025.
Production from the Gregory facility is likely to complement production exported from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
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