Houston-based Cheniere Energy on Tuesday announced it has approved the building of a third liquefaction unit at its Corpus Christi, Texas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, according to Reuters.
This unit, also called a train, had begun being constructed late last year but now Cheniere is ready for contractors to proceed with the full build. The first two trains should be ready to enter service next year.
In April 2016 Cheniere opened the first LNG export facility in the US with its $20 billion Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, near the border with Texas.
Since then the only other such facility to come on line has been Dominion Energy’s Cove Point in Maryland.
But several more are in the works, including Corpus Christi. America’s shale boom is providing the industry with the kinds of surpluses that can feed an export boom.
On the weekend the US and China cooled off from talk of a trade war and observers think China could be poised to become the biggest customer for US LNG in the next few years.
LNG is relatively clean to use and easy to transport, making it cost friendly.