US LNG Facility Prepares For First Export


  • Yiannis moored at Louisiana site Feb. 7: cFlow
  • Company could ship cargo within days: dispatcher

A recent news article published in the Platts states that Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal receives tanker as US facility prepares first export.

Unladen Greek tanker arrives

An unladen Greek tanker arrived at Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass export terminal Feb. 7 as the Louisiana facility prepared to load its first export cargo, vessel tracking data from S&P Global Platts cFlow trade-flow analytics software showed.

A dispatcher for Lake Charles Pilots, which navigates vessels along the intracoastal waterway that feeds the terminal, confirmed to Platts that the 174,093 cu m Maran Gas-owned Yiannis arrived at the terminal along the Gulf of Mexico around 10:45 am local time. According to cFlow, the tanker, which was delivered September 2021 from South Korea’s DSME, was moored at coordinates that are along the same road as an address for Calcasieu Pass. The dispatcher said the tanker was tentatively expected to depart Feb. 11.

Commercial operator of Yiannis

One market source mentioned Japan’s JERA as the commercial operator of Yiannis, but this could not be confirmed by the time of publication.

A Venture Global spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The operator recently asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to load its first export commissioning cargo on or after Feb. 9. Feedgas deliveries to the terminal were at their highest level to date Feb. 7, at around 250 MMcf/d, Platts Analytics data showed. In a commissioning status report to FERC, Venture Global said that first LNG production occurred Jan. 19.

7 major US LNG Export facilities

There are now seven major US LNG export facilities operating in the US.

Besides Calcasieu Pass, the others are Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass in Louisiana; Cove Point Liquefaction in Maryland, now operated by Berkshire Hathaway; Cheniere’s Corpus Christi Liquefaction in Texas; Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG in Louisiana; Kinder Morgan’s Elba Liquefaction in Georgia; and Freeport LNG in Texas.

At Calcasieu Pass, Venture Global currently has approval to flow feedgas to four of the 18 liquefaction trains for commissioning purposes. The operator has declined to say whether it would cool down its two storage tanks before exporting its first cargo, and if so whether it would bring in an import cargo to do so.

During 2021, Maran Gas took delivery of five new building LNG carriers: the Isabella, the Maran Gas Kalymnos, the Maran Gas Ithaca, the Maran Gas Amorgos and the Yiannis.


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Source: Platts