Sabine Pass Liquefaction

~30mtpa
LNG production capacity
1025+
Cargoes produced
5
Trains in operation
2016
First LNG

Quick facts

Site: 1000+ acres
Accessibility:
40′ channel depth
Access: ~4 nautical miles from coast
Berths:
2 docks, a third permitted
Storage:
5 tanks (17 Bcfe)
Trains operating:

Trains under construction:
1
In service: 2016 (as liquefaction)
Personnel: ~950

Overview

Surrounded by thriving Louisiana wetlands, blessed with an enviable view of the Gulf of Mexico and the Texas border, our Sabine Pass facility is a marvel of modern infrastructure. Through sunny days and some stormy nights, Sabine Pass Liquefaction (SPL) has reliably and safely produced more than 1,000 cargoes since 2016, setting a new standard of excellence in the LNG field. These cargoes have powered factories and homes around the world.

Sabine Pass currently has five fully operational liquefaction units — or trains” — each capable of producing approximately 5 mtpa of LNG. These five trains have been brought online an average of seven months ahead of schedule, and all within budget. A sixth train is under construction and is expected to be in service in 2022. When all six trains are completed, the aggregate nominal production capacity of SPL is expected to be approximately 30 mtpa of LNG, and process more than 4.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas into LNG. To give you some perspective, if we added up each of the components for the six trains, we would need 361,000 cubic yards of concrete, 89,000 tons of structural steel, almost 400 miles of pipe and over 3,600 miles of electrical cable. That’s enough cable to stretch from Houston all the way to Alaska.

Sabine Pass has multiple advantages as an LNG export facility. It is located less than four nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing for convenient access and egress for vessels. It has multiple pipeline connections to interstate and intrastate pipelines, providing redundancy and diversity in natural gas supply. And with five storage tanks — each of which could hold a 747 airplane inside — and two berths (capable of receiving the world’s largest LNG carrier) with a third proposed, the infrastructure at Sabine Pass is designed to support its high volume of LNG shipments.

Through access to an extensive pipeline network, Sabine Pass has the ability to access natural gas from every supply source in the continental United States east of the Rocky Mountains and works with dozens of natural gas producers and infrastructure companies to purchase natural gas supply and reliably transport the supply to the terminal.

Sabine Pass Train 6 expansion project

A positive Final Investment Decision was reached for Train 6 in May 2019, and full notice to proceed with construction was issued to Bechtel in June 2019. Overall project completion is greater than 63% complete as of June 30, 2020 and is expected to reach substantial completion in 2022.

Sabine Pass third berth project

SPL may add a third marine berth and supporting facilities to enhance operating flexibility at the Sabine Pass LNG facility. The third berth would be used to load LNG vessels for export and would be sized to accommodate vessels with a capacity of 125,000-180,000 cubic meters. The project has received all regulatory approvals, and notice to proceed was given to engineering and construction contractor, Bechtel, on July 1, 2020. Targeted completion of the project is Q1 2023. 

Sabine Pass train completion dates

Substantial completion for each train was reached on the following dates:

  • Train 1: May 27, 2016
  • Train 2: September 15, 2016
  • Train 3: March 28, 2017
  • Train 4: October 9, 2017
  • Train 5: March 7, 2019
  • Train 6: Expected 2022

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