The Midship Pipeline has been a long-suffering test of wills for Houston-based Cheniere Energy now awaiting FERC approval to begin initial service. Cheniere ranks as the second largest LNG operator in the world and natural gas is its lifeblood. The 200-mile natural gas Midship, which extends from Okla.’s Anadarko Basin to Gulf-bound interconnects, hit serious roadblocks during the course of construction with delays that included last year’s monumental rains and flooding, unexpected third-party changes, and a FERC stop-work order. The original in-service date of October 2019 was pushed six months out as cost-overruns mounted and producers with firm shipping commitments could only sigh.
But never say die.
Commissioning of the 1.4 BCFD Midship pipeline system, which includes three mainline compressor stations, seven receipt meter stations/taps, four delivery meters, and two laterals, began in February with an eye on mid-April to begin flowing about 925 MMCFD. Purpose-built to augment feedstock supplies for Cheniere’s Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals, the Midship also will provide a welcomed flow channel for SCOOP and STACK producers that include Devon, Marathon, and Gulfport Energy.
Pending approval from The Man, Cheniere expects to offer partial commercial service by April 17.
The Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal includes five trains with a sixth underway. When completed in 2023, Sabine Pass will have 30 mtpa of LNG capacity. The company’s Corpus Christi LNG facility operates two trains with a third under construction and will produce more than 10 mtpa. Cheniere also has proposed a midscale expansion at its Corpus site that would accommodate seven trains for a total of 10 mtpa of LNG.
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