McDermott Announces First Cargo from Cameron LNG Train 1

(P&GJ) – McDermott International announced that the first cargo of LNG has been shipped from the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, La., marking a key step in development of the facility and a precursor to the completion of Train 1. The latest development follows the announcement of first liquid from Cameron LNG Train 1 on May 14.

Cameron LNG (photo: Sempra Energy)

Since the initial award in 2014, McDermott and its joint venture member on the project, Chiyoda, have provided the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the project. The project includes three liquefaction trains with a projected export capacity of more than 12 million tons per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 Bcfd.

Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, LLC, Total, Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

"Shipping the first cargo from Train 1 is a tremendous achievement for McDermott and the joint venture project team, especially while maintaining a very strong safety record on such a large-scale and complex project," said Samik Mukherjee, Group Senior Vice President of Projects for McDermott. "Moreover, this an impressive contribution to the needs of a growing, global LNG infrastructure market—something our entire organization is proud to be a part of."

Also last month, Sempra signed a 20-year agreement with Saudi Aramco to sell LNG from another forthcoming export terminal in Port Arthur, Texas, the two companies said.

Sempra gained approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG and from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct the Cameron LNG Train 1 in 2014 at Sempra’s existing Cameron LNG import terminal in Hackberry. 

McDermott also recently reaffirmed its previously disclosed schedule for another Gulf Coast LNG project.  The company said initial production from the third and final train of the Freeport LNG project in Freeport, Texas, is expected in the first quarter of 2020.


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