GREGORY, Texas — Cheniere's liquefied natural gas plant in on the La Quinta Channel in Gregory was celebrating some big news. A second unit, called a train, that liquefies natural gas is now up and running.
Company leaders say there's still room for growth at this facility, and that's a good thing, as they expect demand for LNG to soar.
Cheniere is already the country's leading producer and exporter of LNG, and now, with a second production unit in operation at its local plant, vice president and general manager of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project Ari Aziz says the company is poised to send billions of dollars more in LNG around the world.
"Us being able to take LNG to those countries that actually has the infrastructure, the port facility but no natural gas, it seems to suggest that the LNG business is going to continue growing for a long, long, long, long time," Aziz said.
Japan is an example of one of those countries, and while KRIS 6 News was there, a vessel en route there was preparing to transport the 51st LNG shipment from the Gregory facility.
Customers from the second train are in locations including France, Spain and Singapore.
And there are sure to be many more cargos in the future, with construction on a third train underway.
Aziz said this plant will poise the Gregory plant for long-term growth.
"It's good it's in Texas,” he said. “You have access to the waterway and you have access to gas, all of which makes it very, very encouraging to invest at this location."
As that investment continues, Cheniere is addressing residents' concerns that come with an industrial boom.
"We will continue to be out there, continue to be soliciting information from our neighbors and from our friends to make sure that we are being good community partners," said Cheniere Community Affairs Manager Steven Davidson.
As an example, Cheniere already has made adjustments to its nighttime lighting. The company also expects flaring to reduce as the plant works toward a fully operational state with the third train.