Sabine Pass Seeks Authority to Build LNG Loading Facilities

Sabine Pass Liquefaction on Nov. 18 submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an application to site, construct and operate LNG transport carrier loading facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., for which FERC previously granted authorization, and which is currently under construction.

The company is seeking FERC authorization to build conventional cold, insulated piping; cryogenic hoses for filling and vapor return; and two LNG loading stations, each having two bays capable of loading LNG transport carriers or International Standards Organization (ISO) containers.

Sabine Pass said it plans to use the project to load LNG from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project for delivery via trucks or ISO containers.

While the company has not entered into any commercial agreements for the project, potential customers of the project may include end users, who may consume the LNG as vehicular fuel, as feedstock, or for other industrial or heavy engine applications, and entities who may engage in sales for resale of the LNG in interstate commerce.

According to the application, phase one of the project will consist of the first two bays and associated infrastructure. Sabine Pass anticipates that construction of phase one facilities will require approximately 12 months, commencing in August 2016, and that the phase one project facilities will commence operations by July 2017.  Phase two of the project will consist of the remaining two bays and associated infrastructure, and will be constructed if and when commercial demand dictates, the company said.

Sabine Pass is an indirect subsidiary of Cheniere Energy.