Cheniere Energy Inc. said it has loaded the first commissioning cargo from the third train at the Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in South Texas. 

The La Mancha Knutsen arrived at the facility on Sunday and departed Monday, nearly full with 168,000 cubic meters aboard, according to Bloomberg ship-tracking data. Cheniere, which said last month the train was 96.7% complete and undergoing commissioning, noted on Twitter on Monday that the company is ahead of schedule. 

The third train has a capacity of 4.5 million metric tons/year (mmty) and is expected to be finished and in service in 1Q2021, which would bring total output to 15 mmty.

Cheniere sanctioned the third train in 2018, the same year the Corpus Christi terminal produced its first LNG. In...