BG Group announced Thursday that it has reached agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (Sabine Liquefaction), a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., to purchase an additional 2 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over a 20-year period from the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, USA.
In October 2011, BG Group announced it had signed a fully-termed sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Sabine Liquefaction for the purchase of 3.5 mtpa of LNG over a 20-year period. The additional volumes associated with today's announcement have been incorporated into the SPA.
BG Group Chief Executive Sir Frank Chapman said: "The purchase of additional volumes from the Sabine Pass facility builds on the ground-breaking agreement we entered into last year, in which BG Group secured LNG export volumes from the US Gulf Coast.
"The agreement adds further volume to our diversified global LNG supply portfolio and is underpinned by the recent material increases in US gas reserves as well as a favourable long-term outlook for global LNG demand."
Construction of the liquefaction facilities at Sabine Pass is scheduled to begin in 2012, with an initial phase of two LNG trains. Construction of the second phase, an additional two trains, is expected to commence in 2013, with exports from the initial phase to start as early as 2015 and for the second phase from as early as 2017.
At the same time, BG Group is pursuing an expansion of the Lake Charles LNG terminal, in Louisiana, USA, to provide natural gas liquefaction services. The US Department of Energy (DoE) has authorised the terminal to export up to 730 Bcf of natural gas per year (approximately 15 mtpa) to countries that have a free trade agreement in place with the USA.
The DOE is reviewing an application to export natural gas from the Lake Charles LNG terminal to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the USA.