Cheniere Energy closes two LNG storage tanks at Sabine Pass because of leaks

Houston-based Cheniere Energy has been ordered by the industry regulatory body to shut down two storage tanks at its Sabine Pass plant because of liquefied natural gas (LNG) leaks, according to Reuters.

The ruling came down from the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) after the discovery of releases from Tanks S-101 and S-103.

Three other tanks will remain in operation while PHMSA conducts its investigation into what caused the leaks.

Cheniere said production from Sabine Pass, located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, would not be affected by the shutdowns.

Sabine Pass, which began exporting in early 2016, was the first complex designed to liquefy and export natural gas from the continental US.

It has four liquefaction trains in operation – with annual production capacity of 4.5 million tons of LNG – and two more trains to come.

Cheniere has another LNG export facility under construction at Corpus Christi in Texas.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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