Officials at the Golden Pass LNG terminal in Sabine Pass, TX, expect the terminal's first commissioning cargo to arrive during October.

The cargo will be shipped from the Port of Ras Laffan in Qatar aboard a Q-Flex LNG tanker, currently one of the largest LNG carriers in the world, they said Tuesday. Earlier this year the facility added yet another liquefaction train (see Daily GPI, Feb. 25).

The terminal is a joint venture owned 70% by Qatar Petroleum International, the international arm of Qatar Petroleum; the remainder is owned by ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips.

"The commissioning LNG cargo will mark another notable milestone in Qatar's world-leading LNG business," said Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, chairman of Golden Pass LNG.

Two berths for unloading double-hulled LNG ships are available at the terminal, as well as five LNG storage tanks with capacity of 155,000 cubic meters each; vaporization equipment to warm the LNG to its natural gas state; and pipeline facilities and equipment to transport the natural gas from the terminal to customers.

Golden Pass will have the capacity to deliver the equivalent of 2 Bcf/d when it reaches full operation.

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