Sempra Energy has reached an important milestone to add natural gas liquefaction and export facilities to its existing Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, LA, filing its permit application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting approval to begin project construction.
“The Cameron liquefaction project represents a significant investment in new energy infrastructure in Louisiana that will stimulate local, regional and national economic activity, creating new jobs and supporting small businesses,” said Mark A. Snell, president of Sempra Energy. “Our filing keeps us on schedule to receive FERC approval and begin construction in the fourth quarter 2013.”
Cameron LNG already has received approval from the DOE to export LNG to countries with which the U.S. has qualifying free-trade agreements. The application to export to non free-trade agreement countries, filed in December 2011, is expected to be among the first to be considered.
The liquefaction facility will utilize Cameron LNG’s existing facilities, including two marine berths capable of accommodating Q-Flex-sized LNG ships, three LNG storage tanks of 480,000 cubic meters, and vaporization capability for regasification services of 1.5 Bcf/d. The liquefaction facility will be comprised of three liquefaction trains with a total export capability of 12 mtpa annum of LNG, or 1.7 Bcf/d. The facility is expected to begin delivering LNG in 2017.