The Elba Liquefaction Company LLC has announced the commercial in-service status of Unit 7, which is the last of 10 Movable Modular Liquefaction (MML) units of the Elba Liquefaction Project, which is worth approximately $2 billion.
Now in full commercial operation, the Elba Island Liquefaction facility has a total capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG for export, which is equivalent to approximately 350 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of natural gas.
Kinder Morgan Natural Gas East Region President Kimberly Watson said: “The development of this facility was a tremendous undertaking, and we are extremely pleased to have this project in service.
“The team coordinated with our customer and local, state and federal agencies to put in service a new technology for modular liquefaction units. Its functionality as a bi-directional import/export facility makes it ideal for the changing flow patterns that can occur from time to time.”
Previously only a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, the Elba Island Liquefaction facility is now also producing LNG for export purposes.
ELC, a KMI joint venture with EIG as a 49% partner, owns the liquefaction units and other ancillary equipment. Certain other facilities associated with the project are 100% owned by KMI. The project is supported by a 20-year contract with Shell LNG NA LLC, which is subscribed to 100% of the liquefaction capacity.
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