LNG Carrier Loads 1st Corpus Christi Commissioning Cargo

The LNG carrier Maria Energy, chartered by Cheniere Marketing, has loaded the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Corpus Christi liquefaction facility in Texas.

The move marks the first export of LNG from the state and from a greenfield liquefaction facility in the lower 48 states, according to Cheniere Energy.

“Exporting the first commissioning cargo of LNG from Texas demonstrates Cheniere’s ability to deliver projects safely and ahead of schedule, including the first greenfield LNG export facility in the lower 48 states,” said Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and CEO.

The Corpus Christi liquefaction facility consists of three large-scale LNG production units, the first of which produced first LNG in November and is expected to reach substantial completion in the first quarter of 2019, the company informed.

The facility will also feature three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 billion cubic feet equivalent, two marine berths and seven smaller trains.