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Bechtel has gotten the go-ahead from Cheniere Energy Inc. to begin construction of two liquefaction trains that are the beginning of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction project in Texas (see Daily GPIMay 12). "We have initiated construction on our second LNG [liquefied natural gas] export facility, the Corpus Christi liquefaction project, located on the Coastal Bend of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Including our LNG export facility at Sabine Pass [see Daily GPIApril 28Oct. 30, 2014], we now have six trains under construction, with first LNG expected at Sabine Pass from Train 1 by year end," said Cheniere CEO Charif Souki. Corpus Christi project is designed for up to three trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of 13.5 million tonnes per annum; three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 Bcfe; two LNG carrier docks and a 22-mile, 48-inch diameter natural gas supply pipeline. The first train is expected to start operations as early as 2018, with the second train expected to commence operations six to nine months thereafter.

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