Cheniere La. Sabine 6 LNG export unit moves closer to entering service

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Sept 22 (Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators on Wednesday gave Cheniere Energy Inc permission to introduce feedgas to commission parts of the sixth liquefaction train at the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company's Sabine Pass LNG export plant in Louisiana.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval was in response to Cheniere's Sept. 15 request. Feedgas is the natural gas from pipelines that the plant will turn into LNG.

Cheniere has said it expects Train 6 will enter commercial service in early 2022, but analysts note the unit will likely start producing LNG in test mode later this year.

Cheniere is the biggest LNG exporter in the United States and is also the country's biggest buyer of natural gas.

In addition to Sabine, which will have the capacity to produce around 30 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG once Train 6 enters service, Cheniere also owns the three-train, 15-MTPA Corpus Christi LNG export plant in Texas.

One MTPA of LNG is the equivalent of around 0.66 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino Editing by Marguerita Choy)