More delays to start of Sabine Pass LNG exports

More delays to start of Sabine Pass LNG exports

The much-anticipated Sabine Pass LNG facility is running behind schedule. Cheniere Energy has warned that the first shipments from the site – America’s first LNG exports – will now be in late February or March, rather than the planned January start.

This is not the first delay for the huge gas development. Previously Cheniere had intended to start shipping LNG from the new plant before the end of 2015 but it announced in October a delay to that schedule. That first delay brought the sacking of the company’s CEO.

The Sabine Pass facility is intended to reach a total production and export capacity of nearly 30m tons per year when all six of its trains are running.

Delays at new LNG infrastructure around the world has become common place in the last couple of years, causing headaches for LNG shipowners.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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