Alpha LNGC heads to Sabine

Greek-owned, Cheniere-chartered newbuilding on course for first export cargo

An LNG carrier chartered by upcoming US LNG producer Cheniere Energy is due to arrive at the company’s new Sabine Pass LNG plant on Tuesday.

Brokers say a further two vessels are heading to the facility.

The scheduled docking, which has been listed for Alpha Tanker & Freighter’s lone new LNG ship since November, is fuelling talk surrounding the growing anticipation of the first of a new wave of US export cargoes.

Consultants following the much-awaited shipment say they would expect loading of the vessel would take some time, given the rate of production recently confirmed by Cheniere for the first two of its 4.5-million tonnes per annum liquefaction trains.

But they indicate the cargo should leave at some point in the next two weeks.The cargo is believed to be controlled by Cheniere.

This is contrary to many reports suggesting it is a shipment for BG Group, which is due to start its offtake this quarter.Cheniere has remained resolutely tight-lipped about the details although staff indicated last year that a destination had been confirmed.

Recent industry talk has suggested the cargo may be shipped to Brazil. Reports last month detailed speculation that it was destined for Lithuania.Energy Atlantic is one of five ships chartered in by Cheniere which is developing the six-train, 27- mtpa Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana.

In addition, the company plans to build five 4.5-mtpa production trains at the company’s Corpus Christi LNG plant on the US Gulf coast.