U.S. regulators approved Kinder Morgan’s request to start production of LNG at the first plant of its new export facility, a year after it had been originally due to begin operations, filings showed this week.
The Elba Island facility is one of half a dozen in the country beginning to produce LNG for export, contributing to soaring supplies of fuel globally which has upended gas markets in Europe and Asia.
It is also quite unusual among U.S. facilities, employing modular technology to build much smaller “trains”, or plants, than its peers at 0.3 million tonnes a year (mtpa) capacity compared to around 5 mtpa for other U.S. trains.
The facility has experienced start-up problems that have led to periodic delays since late last year as it tweaked the setup of its 10 trains. In total, they will produce around 3 mtpa when up and running.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved its request to “commence service for liquefaction and export activities” at the first train in a filing dated Sept. 30.
The U.S. has exported 26 mtpa of LNG so far this year, exceeding its 2018 total of 22 mtpa and equaling the 2018 total of the world’s No. 3 exporter, Malaysia.
The well production life cycle depends on effective and reliable technologies.
The Chevron and Occidental deal marks the first significant investment by energy groups into the technology developed by Carbon Engineering, a Bill Gates-backed start-up based in Canada.
With increased drilling rig efficiency and longer laterals, the horizontal environment has changed the nature of the perforating business.