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Yokogawa to control Cheniere Energy LNG Plant

April 3, 2013 - Yokogawa Electric will supply the integrated automation and safety system for the new liquefaction trains at Cheniere’s LNG facility in Sabine Pass, LA, which is being developed by its subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (SPL).

SPL is the first company with Department of Energy approval to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The development of liquefaction services at the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal in Cameron Parish, LA will transform the terminal into a bi- directional facility capable of liquefying and exporting natural gas and importing and re-gasifying foreign-sourced LNG.  

“We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking liquefaction project in the U.S.,” says Chet Mroz, President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America. “Yokogawa has a 25 percent worldwide market share for LNG plants as well as a long-standing relationship with Cheniere Energy, beginning with the purchase of Yokogawa’s CENTUM CS 3000 control system for the original gasification facility at Sabine Pass in 2006.”  

Yokogawa’s CENTUM VP integrated production control system was selected for the new liquefaction facility. While CENTUM VP is classified as a distributed control system (DCS), it goes beyond a traditional DCS by offering a more intuitive human machine interface and a large-capacity field control station to process data faster while maintaining exceedingly high reliability. The dual-redundant configuration of processor cards combined with pairing each processor card with two CPUs (pair & spare configuration) ensures uninterrupted operations and high availability.

SPL will also utilize the ProSafe-RS integrated safety instrumented system (SIS) from Yokogawa for the site. ProSafe-RS delivers the world’s first completely integrated SIS for DCS to simplify deployment, operation, and maintenance. Until now, two separate monitoring and operating environments were required for the DCS and SIS. ProSafe-RS eliminates the need to implement separate communications and distinctive hardware architectures for the DCS and SIS, thus fast tracking implementation at Sabine Pass, lowering overall costs, and simplifying operation and maintenance.

About Cheniere Energy Partners
Cheniere Energy Partners owns 100 percent of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass deep water shipping channel less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has regasification facilities that include existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two docks that can accommodate vessels of up to 265,000 cubic meters, and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d. Cheniere Energy Partners is developing natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities. Cheniere Energy Partners plans to construct over time up to six natural gas liquefaction trains, which are in various stages of development. Each train will have a nominal annual capacity of approximately 4.5 mmtpa.

About Yokogawa Corporation of America
Yokogawa Corporation of America is the North American division of Yokogawa Electric Corporation and a key part of Yokogawa's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spanning 55 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,200 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa.

About Yokogawa
Yokogawa's global network of 90 companies spans over a total of 55 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is engaged in industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other business segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food.

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