Creole Trail Pipeline Co. LP has asked FERC for the go-ahead to modify its system to accommodate the delivery of raw gas to a liquefaction project that Cheniere Energy affiliates Sabine Pass LNG and Sabine Pass Liquefaction are planning to build in Cameron Parish, LA.

The project would provide a total of 1,530,000 Dth/d of firm reverse flow capacity on the Creole Trail Pipeline for the delivery of feed gas to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project, which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved last month (see Daily GPI, April 17).

The Sabine Pass project is the first approved by FERC for the liquefaction of domestically produced natural gas for export. Sabine Pass LNG and Sabine Pass Liquefaction seek to liquefy and export up to 2.2 Bcf/d or 16 million metric tons per year, of domestically produced gas. The project would be sited at Sabine Pass’ existing LNG import terminal in Cameron Parish.

The companies have received authorization from the Department of Energy to export the commodity for a 20-year period to all Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and non-FTA nations (see Daily GPI, May 23, 2011).

The Creole Trail project, which has an estimated price tag of $104 million, calls for the construction of a new 53,125 hp Gillis Compressor Station, modifications to three existing meter and regulation stations to allow bi-directional flow and increased capacity, and a 42-inch diameter pipeline lateral connecting the Gillis Compressor Station to the existing Creole Trail Pipeline, all in Beauregard Parish, LA.

The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase one is scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2013 and be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014, while phase two construction is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2016 and be completed in the second quarter of 2016.

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