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Cheniere Energy became the first company in the continental United States to export liquefied natural gas last week when it shipped its first cargo from the Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana.

According to Retuers, the Asia Vision LNG tanker set sail from the terminal on February 24 at 7:39 p.m. local time, marking the first time liquefied natural gas has been exported from the Lower 48.

The 160,000 cubic meter shipment was purchased by Brazil’s Petrobras and will be taken to the company’s  regasification terminal in All Saints’ Bay, Bahia.

Following regasification at the terminal in Bahia, the fuel will be pumped into Petrobras’ network of gas pipelines to supply Brazil’s domestic market, and is expected to be mainly used by thermal power plants.

A Cheniere Energy video commemorating the shipment gives viewers a bird’s eye view of the Asian Vision tanker, chartered by Cheniere Marketing, docking at the terminal and being loaded with the inaugural shipment:

 

“This historic event opens a new chapter for the country in energy trade and is a significant milestone for Cheniere as we prepare Train 1 for commercial operations,” Cheniere Partners chairman and interim CEO Neal Shear said.

Cheniere Partners owns 100 percent of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sabine Pass LNG, L.P.

The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is located on the Sabine-Neches Waterway, less than four miles from the Gulf Coast, and includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of about 6.9 billion cubic feet equivalent.

The terminal also has two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of about 4.0 billion cubic feet per day.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P., Cheniere Partners also owns a 94-mile pipeline that interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines.