Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has ordered Cheniere Energy to shut down two LNG storage tanks at its Sabine Pass LNG after leaks were detected.

A leak was detected from one of the tanks on January 22 and following a visit from PHMSA investigations team a Corrective Action Order (CAO) was put in place.

In a press release PHMSA said: “The CAO is the result of safety concerns identified by PHMSA’s Accident and Investigations team as part of their preliminary investigation findings following the report and discovery of a release of LNG from a Sabine Pass storage tank on January 22, 2018.  The findings included in PHMSA’s CAO are preliminary and PHMSA’s investigation is still ongoing.”

Cheniere Energy Inc. released a statement which said: “Safety is Cheniere’s number one priority, and we want to stress that there was and is no immediate danger to our community, workforce, or our facility from this incident, nor is there any impact on LNG production. Cheniere has initiated an event investigation and is currently working with experts on a repair plan. We will continue to work with PHMSA to quickly address this incident.”

For more information visit www.cheniere.com

12th Feb 2018

12th February 2018