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Golden Pass LNG

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Year constructed:
2009

Major units:
two unloading berths, five full containment storage tanks, vaporization facilities, gas send-out system, ship unloading system, and a natural gas pipeline connecting to existing interstate and intrastate pipelines

Product:
Regasified LNG

Post-project processing capacity:
15.6 million MTA of LNG or 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas

Project cost:
$1B

Contractor:
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N

Located two miles northwest of Sabine Pass, Texas, and 10 miles south of Port Arthur, Texas, the Golden Pass LNG Terminal is situated on the Sabine-Neches Waterway that separates Texas and Louisiana. The LNG terminal will include two ship unloading berths, five full-containment storage tanks, vaporization facilities, and gas send-out and ship unloading systems. The $1 billion contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the project was awarded to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company NV (CB&I) in August 2006. Construction began on the terminal the following month, with operation start-up slated for mid-2009 and total construction completion planned for 2010.

On September 28, 2010, Golden Pass announced that it expected to receive its first LNG cargo during October 2010. The commissioning cargo was en route from Ras Laffan, Qatar via a Q-Flex LNG carrier.

LNG will be shipped to the Golden Pass LNG Terminal primarily from the Ras Laffan 3 and Qatargas 3 projects in Qatar. The terminal will then re-gasify the hydrocarbons. Processing capacity for the terminal is 15.6 million metric tons per year of LNG, which is comparable to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.

Natural gas will be sent from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal by pipeline to US markets. In addition to the LNG terminal, the project scope includes the Golden Pass Pipeline, which is a 42-inch pipeline that will span 68 miles across four Texas counties and one Louisiana parish to connect with 11 interstate and intrastate pipelines, as well as a short pipeline that will tie-in to the Beaumont industrial area. Start-up for the pipeline coincides with the terminal start-up.

According to the Gulf Times DOHA, the Golden Pass Terminal will receive a third of the gas imports to the US, or 20 million tons, in two to three years of operation start up.

Related Articles

Golden Pass Becomes Fully Operational
May 10, 2011 – Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC (Golden Pass LNG) announced Tuesday that it has been granted authority by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to place into service the Phase 2 terminal facilities.

Golden Pass Begins Commercial Ops
Mar 14, 2011 – The Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC and Golden Pass Pipeline LLC announced Monday that it has been granted in service authority by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has commenced commercial operations.

Golden Pass Expects First Cargo Next Month
Sep 28, 2010 – The Golden Pass LNG terminal announced Tuesday that the first cargo to be used for commissioning the facilities is anticipated to arrive during October 2010.

Coast Guard Issues Recommendation Letters for Eight Terminals
Apr 10, 2009 – The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that it has issued letters of recommendation for eight liquefied natural gas facilities under development on the Gulf Coast.

Startup Delayed for Golden Pass
Dec 19, 2008 – Recently uncovered damage at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s (XOM) $1 billion natural gas import terminal under construction in southeast Texas will delay the facility’s scheduled startup next year.

ExxonMobil: Golden Pass May Face Delay
Dec 12, 2008 – The opening of the Golden Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in the United States will likely be delayed by hurricane damage, while Britain’s South Hook LNG terminal now looks set to open in early 2009, an executive from ExxonMobil said on Thursday.

Port Arthur Pipelines Pass Final Hurdle
Jan 04, 2008 – Two pipelines tied to upcoming industrial projects soon will snake their way through the city with the Port Arthur (Texas) City Council’s stamp of approval.

Port Arthur to Host Hearing on Golden Pass Pipeline Route
Dec 13, 2007 – A 42-inch pipeline running from the Golden Pass LNG facility through Port Arthur, Texas, en route to Calcasieu Parish, La., will be the subject of a Jan. 2 public hearing.

Port Arthur Council Okays Land for Golden Pass
Jul 19, 2007 – The City of Port Arthur, Texas, shed 180 acres of vacant land and another 26 acres of submerged land for the ExxonMobil LNG facility near Sabine Pass.

CB&I Garners LNG Terminal Contract
Aug 01, 2006 – CB&I has been awarded a contract by Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located near Sabine Pass, Texas.

FERC Okays Two LNG Import Terminals; Providence LNG Fails on Safety Issues
Jun 30, 2005 – In front of a packed crowd that included some local, state and federal officials Thursday, the last day of Chairman Pat Wood’s term, FERC conditionally approved the Weaver’s Cove LNG import terminal in Fall River, MA, and the Golden Pass LNG terminal in Sabine Pass, TX.

FERC Okays Two LNG Import Terminals; Providence LNG Fails on Safety Issues
Jun 30, 2005 – In front of a packed crowd that included some local, state and federal officials Thursday, the last day of Chairman Pat Wood’s term, FERC conditionally approved the Weaver’s Cove LNG import terminal in Fall River, MA, and the Golden Pass LNG terminal in Sabine Pass, TX.

Interior Takes Aim at FERC’s Assessment of Golden Pass LNG
Apr 11, 2005 – The Department of Interior has said that FERC, in its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on ExxonMobil Corp.’s proposed 2 Bcf/d Golden Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and associated gas pipeline along the Gulf Coast, failed to adequately assess the project’s impact on endangered species and wetlands.

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