US liquefied natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy is considering a series of expansion projects at its facilities at Sabine Pass, Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas, that could double its export capacity.

Cheniere officials said they believe that, over the long term, the company could increase its LNG export capacity from its current level of 45 million tonnes per annum to 90 million tpa.

Cheniere believes the combination of the recently approved Stage 3 at Corpus Christi and debottlenecking projects at both facilities could push near-term production to 60 million tpa, according to chief financial officer Jack Fusco .