U.S. LNG exports resume after Hurricane Harvey

Loading of the first commissioning cargo at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal – February 2016 (Image: Cheniere)

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal in Louisiana, currently the only such a facility to send US shale gas overseas, is to ship its first cargo following days of flooding in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey.

The Sabine Pass plant was not damaged and continued to produce LNG during Harvey, according to Cheniere, but the port was inaccessible to vessels for almost two weeks due to strong currents and high water levels.

The last loading at Sabine Pass liquefaction facility prior to the hurricane was on August 24.

LNG vessel loadings resumed at Sabine Pass on Wednesday, September 6 with the arrival of LNG tanker Rioja Knutsen with a carrying capacity 3.8 billion cubic feet (Bcf), the Energy Information Administration confirmed in its weekly natural gas report.

Rioja Knutsen is fully loaded and waiting to depart from the plant while six vessels are around the Sabine Pass port waiting to load the chilled fuel.

Cheniere started shipping cargoes from the Sabine Pass plant in February last year and since then it has exported more than 170 cargoes worldwide.

The company is also building its second LNG export plant at Corpus Christi on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This facility sustained minor damage from Hurricane Harvey, Cheniere previously said.


LNG World News Staff

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