Cheniere Energy Partners LP said Friday that the second train of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, LA is "substantially complete." Commissioning has been completed, and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Inc. is turning over care, custody and control of Train 2 to Cheniere Partners. The turnover will be done in coordination with a planned outage to improve performance of the flare systems at the project, as well as to perform scheduled maintenance to Train 1 and other facilities. Under a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Gas Natural Fenosa LNG GOM Ltd. (GNF), the date of first commercial delivery for Train 2 is expected to occur in August 2017, upon which the SPA's 20-year term begins. GNF has rights to early cargos prior to that date (see Daily GPI, Nov. 22, 2011).
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for physical energy storage contracts for liquefied natural gas storage. It is available on the PUC website.The RFP was issued in accordance with "An Act to Allow the Public Utilities Commission to Contract for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage and Distribution." It establishes the authority for the PUC to execute or direct one or more of Maine's transmission and distribution utilities, gas utilities, or natural gas pipeline utilities to execute a physical energy storage contract provided that certain requirements are met (see Daily GPI, Sept. 14).