Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

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Corpus Christi LNG is an export LNG terminal under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States.


The undated satellite photo below shows the LNG export terminal site located on the La Quinta Channel in San Patricio County. It is anticipated the terminal would be primarily supplied by reserves from the Eagle Ford Shale, located approximately sixty miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas.[1]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Cheniere Energy
  • Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
  • Coordinates: 30.366324, -81.626135 (exact)
  • Capacity: 22.5 mtpa, 3.23 bcfd
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Export
  • Start Year: 2018

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Corpus Christi LNG was originally planned as an LNG Import Terminal and 23 miles of 48-inch pipeline, approved by FERC in April 2005.[2]

On December 16, 2011, Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, was developing an LNG export terminal at the site, which was previously permitted for a regasification terminal. The proposed liquefaction project (Corpus Christi Project) is being designed for up to 13.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). Cheniere has initiated FERC's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing review. The company plans for the first "trains," or facilities where gas will be liquefied, to be in operation in 2018.[1]

On March 25, 2013, UK energy company Centrica agreed to pay £10bn (US $15bn) over 20 years for 89bn cubic feet of gas annually from Cheniere. The first deliveries, by tanker, are expected in 2018.[3]

Construction began in 2015. The liquefaction project is being designed for five trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of up to 22.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG.[4]

Operations began in November of 2018.[5]


The dates below are the project's timeline, as of July 2016:[6]

  • August 31, 2012 – Filed FERC Application
  • October 8, 2014 – Issuance of Environmental Impact Statement
  • December 30, 2014 – Issuance of FERC order
  • May 13, 2015 – Construction on Trains 1 - 2 Commenced
  • 2018 – Liquefaction Project In-Service

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cheniere plans Corpus Christi export terminal," LNG World News, Dec 16th, 2011.
  2. "North American LNG Import Terminals: Status of Proposed and Existing Facilities," Natural Gas Intelligence, accessed April 2012.
  3. Fiona Harvey, "US shale gas to heat British homes within five years,", March 25, 2013.
  4. "Corpus Christi LNG," Cheniere Energy, accessed June 2017
  5. Corpus Christi LNG Export Terminal, Texas Hydrocarbons Technology, March 2019
  6. "Project Schedule," Cheniere Energy, updated July 21, 2016