Cheniere, Bechtel hit milestone for Corpus Christi LNG project

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Construction and engineering firm Bechtel has delivered the first commissioning cargo for Train 2, the second liquefaction plant at Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi facility under development.
Construction and engineering firm Bechtel has delivered the first commissioning cargo for Train 2, the second liquefaction plant at Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi facility under development.

Photo: Courtesy Bechtel

Construction and engineering firm Bechtel has delivered the first commissioning cargo for Train 2, the second liquefaction plant at Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi facility under development.
Construction and engineering firm Bechtel has delivered the first commissioning cargo for Train 2, the second liquefaction plant at Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi facility under development.

Photo: Courtesy Bechtel

Cheniere, Bechtel hit milestone for Corpus Christi LNG project

Houston’s Cheniere Energy and engineering and construction firm Bechtel have completed the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas at the second liquefaction plant in Corpus Christi as the project gets closer to starting up.

Cheniere confirmed Tuesday that the second plant, called Train 2, has produced enough volume of LNG to produce a first commissioning cargo, an important milestone as the project gears up for start up later this year.

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Late last year, the Corpus Christi LNG project made history when a tanker named the Maria Energy left the company’s Corpus Christi facility on Dec. 11 carrying the first LNG export shipment from Texas oil. The company is getting closer to finishing its second plant, Train 2, at the site and construction on a third plant, called Train 3, will be complete in 2021.

“We are pleased to have achieved another key milestone, LNG First Cargo, on the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Train 2, as part of the Commissioning and Startup process. This is the result of thoughtful planning and execution, and excellent teamwork with Bechtel,” said David Craft, Cheniere’s senior vice president Engineering and Construction in a July 2 statement. “Together we will continue to work towards reaching other milestones for the Corpus Christi facility, including completion of Train 2 later this year and Train 3 in 2021.”

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The three plants will bring the Corpus Christi project’s capacity to 13.5 million metric tons per a year.  That will be followed by a third stage of development to take the project to 23 million metric tons, according to a Cheniere Energy spokeswoman.

Through its partnership with Cheniere, Virginia-based Bechtel has now delivered seven LNG trains at two sites on the U.S. Gulf Coast since 2015. Globally Bechtel has delivered 15 large-scale LNG production units, including eight projects in Australia.  Bechtel-delivered facilities account for roughly one-third of the global LNG capacity, supplying about 61 million tonnes of LNG each year, or enough energy to power more than 85 million homes.

Bechtel also is working with one of Cheniere’s competitors on the Gulf Coast, Tellurian Inc. which is building the Driftwood LNG export terminal outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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