The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is located on 853 acres of land along the Sabine Pass River on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It is located at the widest point on the Sabine River Navigation Channel, only 3.7 nautical miles from the open water and 23 nautical miles from the outer buoy. The channel is maintained at a depth of 40 feet and is not subject to tidal limitations. The terminal has two docks that are recessed far enough so that no part of the LNG vessel will protrude into the open waterway while docked.
Phase 1 of Sabine Pass LNG commenced service in April 2008 and by mid-2009 the first stage of the Phase 2 expansion was completed. With a total send-out capacity of 4.0 Bcf/d and 16.8 Bcf of storage capacity the Sabine Pass terminal is the largest receiving terminal, by regasification capacity, in the world. In the future stages of Phase 2 we may add a sixth storage tank and related facilities to bring the total LNG storage volume to 20.2 Bcf.
Four dedicated tugs are stationed at the terminal to ensure safe and timely escorts by crews specifically trained to berth LNG vessels. The terminal is capable of receiving and unloading approximately 400 LNG vessels each year. Each regular carrier will take approximately 10 to 12 hours to unload, with a QMax-class vessel projected to unload in approximately 18 hours. The terminal can simultaneously unload LNG vessels from each berth in order to maximize the number of LNG vessels that can be received at the terminal each year.