The US LNG company Cheniere has submitted an expansion plan to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project located on the Louisiana/Texas border (southern United States), which will include up to three large-scale liquefaction trains totalling 19.5 Mt/year of LNG.
Each train will have a production capacity of approximately 6.5 Mt/year, a boil-off-gas re-liquefaction unit with an approximate production capacity of 0.75 Mt/year, and two 220,000 m3 LNG storage tanks. Cheniere partnered with Bechtel to complete a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study of the new expansion project. The SPL Expansion Project will be adjacent to the existing Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, which came online in 2016 and currently has six liquefaction trains totalling a capacity of 30 Mt/year.
In June 2022, Cheniere also announced a Financial Investment Decision (FID) on a 10 Mt/year expansion project at its Corpus Christi liquefaction and export LNG terminal project in Texas. In 2022, Cheniere and its subsidiaries signed new long-term contracts representing an aggregate of over 180 Mt of LNG through to 2050.
As of end-2021, at the national level the US had an LNG liquefaction capacity standing at nearly 74 Mt/year, and a regasification capacity standing at 131.5 Mt/year. The country exported more than 146 bcm (108 Mt) of LNG in 2021.