A roundup of news and commentary from NGI’s LNG Insight 

  • Cheniere Energy Inc. has loaded its first cargo from the 5 million metric tons/year (mmty) Train 6 expansion at the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. Feed gas was introduced in September. The company expects commissioning to be completed in 1Q2022. 
  • Qatar Energy (QE) said Wednesday that it has signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with China’s S&T International Natural Gas Trading Co. Ltd. to supply 1 mmty of LNG over a 15 year-period starting late next year. QE said Monday that it signed an SPA with China’s Guangdong Energy Group Natural Gas Co. Ltd. to supply 1 mmty over a 10-year period beginning in 2024.
  • QE sanctioned the massive North Field East project earlier this year to boost Qatar’s overall LNG production capacity to 110 mmty from 77 mmty. The project could begin LNG production in 4Q2025. QE has signed multiple SPAs throughout the year in support of the expansion.
  • Reuters reported Tuesday that the United States and Germany could possibly prevent natural gas from flowing through the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine as concerns grow over Russian military forces massing near the border. NS2 is complete, but still awaiting regulatory approval in Europe. The 5.3 Bcf/d system would move more natural gas to Germany from Russia.