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Cheniere seeks Train 4 green light

US liquefaction player requests approval to begin commissioning activities

Cheniere Energy has requested regulatory approval to begin commissioning activities at the fourth train at its Sabine Pass liquefied nature gas export facility in Louisiana.

The US liquefaction player has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to introduce fuel gas into Train 4 "at the earliest date possible, but no later than" 24 March, according to a regulatory filing.

The request comes little more than a year after the company began exporting LNG from the first train at Sabine Pass. Cheniere also shipping from Train 2 in 2016, and Train 3 loaded its first commissioning cargo in January.

The company is developing Sabine Pass as a six-train facility, each with a nominal production capacity of around 4.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG.

Cheniere said earlier this month that Train 4 is expected to reach substantial completion in the second half of this year, and a fifth train is also under construction.

The company has yet to make a final investment decision on the sixth train, which is currently under development  and has received all necessary regulatory approvals.