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America's First Shale Gas Export Terminal Starts Production

  • Sabine Pass complex slated to become first to export shale gas
  • Cheniere says first export cargo to leave terminal in January
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Cheniere Energy Inc. began production at what will become the first terminal to export natural gas from America’s shale formations, according to ING Capital LLC, which helped finance the project.

The company is receiving about 50 million cubic feet of the fuel a day, chilling it into liquefied natural gas at the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, and storing it in tanks before the first export, Richard Ennis, head of natural resources at ING, said by e-mail on Wednesday. Ennis said he receives regular updates from the company and that he hadn’t been informed of a delay in the startup. Cheniere spokeswoman Faith Parker didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mailed requests for comment on Wednesday.