Sempra’s Cameron LNG Terminal Passes Environmental Review

June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Cameron LNG LLC, moved a step closer to building its Cameron liquefied natural gas plant in Louisiana. According to Reuters, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) completed an environmental impact statement for the project on April 30.

FERC staff concluded the project’s environmental impacts “would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of proposed minimization and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by FERC staff.”

The export project, proposed at Sempra’s existing Cameron LNG import terminal in Hackberry, LA, won approval earlier this year from the Department of Energy to export LNG, but needs permission from FERC before construction can begin. FERC had been reviewing comments to its draft EIS, issued in January. Final FERC approval is expected this summer and building is expected to begin later this year, Reuters reported.

The facility would have capacity for about 12 mtpa of LNG. In addition to the LNG plant, the project includes 21 miles of 42-inch pipeline. Cameron is one of several export plants proposed for the Gulf Coast. San Diego-based Sempra, which has said it expects the plant to start up in 2019, owns 50.2%. France’s GDZ Suez and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial each own 16.6% as does a joint venture of Japan’s Mitsubishi and Nippon Yusen.

In other news, a joint venture between CB&I and Chiyoda Corporation has been awarded a contract valued at $6 billion by Cameron LNG to construct the Cameron Liquefaction project in Hackberry.

The scope of work includes engineering, procurement and construction for the addition of natural gas liquefaction and export facilities to the existing LNG regasification facility.

The project is expected to create 3,000 on-site jobs as well as several hundred at CB&I’s fabrication facilities in Louisiana and several hundred engineering and project management jobs in the company’s Baton Rouge office to support the design, fabrication and construction of the facilities.

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