Corpus Christi LNG Plant One Step Closer To Being Built - Cheniere

Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project
Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project

A proposed Corpus Christi Liquefaction Plant (LNG Export) is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Cheniere signed a 20-year LNG sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Pertamina for 0.8 mtpa (90 mmcfd). The deal accounts for just 5% of the plant's proposed capacity, so more contracts are needed before the $12 billion project will be financed.

Read more: Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction Plant Will Cost $12 Billion

Pertamina will pay Henry Hub prices plus an undisclosed fixed component. The 20-year deal starts with the first commercial delivery of LNG and can be extended 10-years.

Cheniere will need many more commitments of this size or a few larger commitments to make the LNG plant a reality.

Pertamina Could Get Gas From Sabine Pass if that Facility Is Expanded

While it is exciting news for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction project, it doesn't set any thing in stone. If Train 6 (an expansion) of Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG export facility is approved and permitted, Pertamina's contract will void and the company will enter an equivalent agreement at Sabine Pass.

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Cheniere Energy's Port of Corpus Christi LNG Plant Will Cost $12 Billion

Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project
Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project

Cheniere Energy is closer to making a decision on final investment in its Corpus Christi Liquefaction project.

Cheniere received a turnkey construction commitment priced at $800/tonne of liquefaction. The engineering and construction company Bechtel submitted the contract in September.

Cheniere has plans for up to six trains with 4.5 mtpa capacity each in Corpus Christi, but initial plans call for three trains with capacity of 13.5 mtpa (~1.8 Bcf/d).

At $800/tonne, the construction costs will be $800 x 13,500,000 tonnes = $10.8 billion. Add financing costs and the price tag will easily reach $12 billion.

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Construction contracts are negotiated early in the process, but a final investment decision will be made by year-end 2014. The decision will come after commercial export contracts are agreed, all regulatory approvals are received, and financing is in order.

Read the company's full third quarter press release at

Cheniere Energy is based in Houston and is further along in buildinga LNG export terminal at Sabine Pass.

Bechtel is a worldwide engineering, construction, and project management firm based in San Francisco. The company has participated in the development of LNG projects in Australia, Equatorial Guinea, Russia, and Trinidad.

Freeport LNG Looking For Financing - Planning Gas Exports

Freeport TX LNG
Freeport TX LNG

Freeport LNG is looking to raise more than $7.5 billion to begin construction at its proposed LNG export facility in Freeport, TX.

The Energy Department has approved 1.4 Bcfd in exports at the site and the company is seeking approval for an additional 1.4 Bcfd. The facility still needs FERC approval and expects to know more in 2014. If everything goes as planned, one export train a year will come online starting in 2017.

The Freeport LNG facility has agreements to export gas for Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power, and BP.

Cheniere Energy is the only LNG export facility to receive full approval to export US natural gas. The Cheniere facility is located at Sabine Pass and construction started in August of 2012.

Production continues to grow in what are historically consuming areas like the Marcellus Shale. If production continues to grow in the Northeast, exports will be a welcomed market for Eagle Ford gas. Exports might even be needed to support any significant amount of natural gas development.

Cheniere Energy's Corpus Christi Liquefaction (LNG) to Hold Open House

Cheniere Energy's subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, plans to hold an open house in Portland, TX to discuss the proposed LNG facility that would export Eagle Ford natural gas.  The event is scheduled for February 28th, and you can get the full details at our Eagle Ford Shale Events page.   This will be the perfect chance to ask questions about the number of jobs the project might create, exactly how much of the channel it will affect, and general questions about the scope of the project. It will also be important that this facility has access to adequate supply for a very long time, so it will be very interesting to hear what FERC and Cheniere expect from the Eagle Ford.

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Exporting Eagle Ford Gas is One Step Closer

Cheniere Energy announced the week before Christmas that it has plans for a Texas natural gas export facility near Corpus Christi and that it reached a supply agreement with an Indian company for gas exported from the Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana. Through its Corpus Christi Liquefaction subsidiary, the company began the regulatory process for getting approval to add a 2 Bcf/d export facility in the La Quinta Channel on the Northeast side of Corpus Christi Bay in San Patricio County, TX. An export facility where operators can lock in higher gas prices for extended periods would expand commercial development of the Eagle Ford further into the dry gas window.

Cheniere Energy also added a supply agreement at its Sabine Pass facility. The company and GAIL Limited have agreed to a 20 year deal where the Indian company will purchase 3.5 mtpa or close to 500 mmcfd of gas at a price indexed to Henry Hub. The contract begins with the first commercial delivery.

GAIL signed an Eagle Ford JV agreement with Carrizo in September of 2011 and the deal with Cheniere is a big step in ensuring the company realizes better natural gas prices. 

The Eagle Ford is largely supported by liquids (condensate, oil, NGLs) production, but better gas prices could open up the dry gas window to higher levels of development.

(Development) at one of Cheniere's existing sites that was previously permitted for a regasification terminal. The LNG export terminal site is located in San Patricio County, Texas, and it is anticipated that the terminal would be primarily supplied by reserves from the Eagle Ford Shale, located approximately sixty miles northwest of Corpus Christi. The proposed liquefaction project ("Corpus Christi Project") is being designed for up to three trains capable of producing in aggregate up to 13.5 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa").


"GAIL will join BG and Gas Natural Fenosa as the next foundation customer for our Sabine Pass liquefaction project. GAIL is India's leading natural gas company and its largest shareholder is the Government of India," said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO. "We are building a strong portfolio of customers, consisting of energy companies engaged in the natural gas, LNG and power markets with operations spanning the globe. We continue to hold advanced discussions with additional global LNG buyers and expect to complete commercial discussions for the remaining capacity of the second phase of the project, train three, in the coming weeks."

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