From Houston Chronicle

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Cheniere Energy permission to begin the startup process for the second production unit at the company’s Corpus Christi LNG facility.

In a Thursday morning order, FERC officials gave the Houston-based company permission to begin introducing natural gas into a production unit named Train 2.

The introduction of natural gas into the unit allows Cheniere to begin testing and a startup process known in liquefied natural gas industry as commissioning.

“Train 2 is progressing on an accelerated schedule and we expect substantial completion in the second half of this year,” a company spokesman said.

Houston-based Cheniere holds federal permits for three production units at its Port of Corpus Christi facility and five more units at its Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana.

Cheniere began shipping LNG from its Sabine Pass facility in February 2016.

The first production unit at Cheniere’s Port of Corpus Christi facility was brought into service in November and sent its first shipment in December.

Train 1 at Corpus Christi LNG is expected to be in full commercial service during the first quarter while Train 2 is expected to be in full service during the second half of the year.

Cheniere’s long-term goal is for its Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi plants to produce a combined 50 million metric tons of LNG per year, which is touted as enough energy to power 195 million U.S. homes for a single day

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