US liquefied natural gas exporter Cheniere has announced that LNG was produced for the first time from Train 6 at its Sabine Pas liquefaction facility.

Commissioning of the train is still continuing, but Cheniere expects substantial completion of Train 6 to be achieved by the first quarter of 2022. The train will then transferred from Bechtel Energy to Cheniere to increase the total production capacity at Sabine Pass to 30 million tonnes of LNG per year.

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“This milestone is yet another impressive achievement by the Bechtel and Cheniere teams who continue to safely commission and bring our LNG trains online ahead of schedule and within project budgets,” said Cheniere chief executive Jack Fusco.

“With global economic activity increasing and the winter season approaching in key LNG markets around the world, providing additional supplies of reliable LNG can help companies, countries and communities around the world during this high-demand period.”

The added train will take Cheniere's total number of liquefaction trains in operation to nine.

Cheniere is also working on increasing the number of trains at its Corpus Christi facility from three to seven, with a final investment decision expected in 2022.

“These LNG projects are powering the energy transition and enabling access to cleaner energy around the world,” said Bechtel chief executive Brendan Bechtel.

“Cheniere Partners continues to be at the forefront in the LNG industry and we are honoured to play a role in improving access to this energy source for communities that need it.”