The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Kinder Morgan Inc.’s request to place into service the 10th and final liquefaction train at the company’s Elba Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Georgia, USA.
Trains 1 through 6 and 8 through 10 were already available, with Train 1 entering service in October 2019 and Train 10 in August 2020.
Each train is capable of liquefying about 0.3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG or 0.04 Bcfd of natural gas.
The first export cargo from Elba left in December 2019. Elba, however, has not exported a cargo since January as government steps to reduce the spread of the corona-virus have sapped global energy demand. Elba, which is 51% owned by units of Kinder Morgan and 49% by EIG Global Energy Partners, is designed to liquefy about 2.5MTPA of LNG, equivalent to around 0.350 Bcfd of natural gas.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc has a 20-year contract to use the facility.
Including projects under construction, US LNG export capacity is expected to rise from 9.8 Bcfd now to 10.5 Bcfd by the end of 2021 and 12.5 bcfd by the end of 2022.
That keeps the United States on track to become the world’s biggest LNG exporter in 2024. It became the third-biggest exporter in 2019, behind Qatar and Australia.