Golden Pass LNG Terminal

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Golden Pass LNG is an import LNG terminal in Texas, United States. The terminal is moving to export LNG on the Sabine-Neches Waterway near Sabine Pass, Texas.


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The Golden Pass LNG Terminal is a joint venture formed by affiliates of three oil and gas companies: Qatar Petroleum (70%), ExxonMobil (17.6%) and ConocoPhillips (12.4%). The terminal was completed in 2009, and is capable of importing approximately 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day through its dual berth ship docks.[1]

In October 2012, Qatar’s Golden Pass Products LLC received permission to export liquefied natural gas to nations that have free-trade agreements with the U.S. The partners will make a final decision about the proposed US$10-billion export project after receiving regulatory approvals. The investment would pay for liquefaction plants with 15.6 million metric tons of annual capacity to be added to the existing Golden Pass LNG import terminal in Texas. [2]

In 2016, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of schedule for environmental review of the Golden Pass LNG export project.[3][4]

In April 2017 the terminal was cleared by the Department of Energy to begin exporting up to 2.2B cf/day of natural gas.[5] Construction is expected to begin after a final investment decision.

Project Details

  • Owner: Golden Pass LNG Terminal
  • Parent: Qatar Petroleum (70%), ExxonMobil (17.6%), ConocoPhillips (12.4%)
  • Location: Sabine Pass, Texas, United States
  • Coordinates: 30.366324,-81.626135 (exact)
  • Capacity: 14 mtpa, 2 bcfd (Import); 15.5 mtpa, 2.2 bcfd (Export)
  • Status: Operating (Import), Permitted (Export)
  • Type: Import and Export
  • Start Year: Import facility 2009

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

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