Final commissioning stage of first liquefaction train at Cameron LNG

Source: press release, 15 April 2019

The Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Louisiana, USA
The Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Louisiana, USA (photo: Sempra Energy)

Sempra Energy has announced that Cameron LNG has begun pipeline feed gas flow to the first liquefaction train of the liquefaction-export project as it prepares to begin production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, USA. This is the final commissioning step for Train 1 of Cameron LNG Phase 1.

“The entire Cameron LNG team has worked safely and diligently to reach this milestone and we expect to start producing LNG this quarter,” says Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG and board chair for Cameron LNG. “Sempra Energy is now one step closer to reaching our goal of building up to 45 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG export capacity to serve global markets.”

Following authorisation received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, April 5, allowing the introduction of pipeline feed gas, Cameron LNG will begin ramping up the feed gas deliveries to the facility as it completes the commissioning process.

Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project, which includes the first three liquefaction trains, is a USD 10 billion facility with a projected export of 12 Mtpa of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

Cameron LNG Phase 1 is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.

Sempra Energy’s share of full run-rate earnings from the first three trains at Cameron LNG are projected to be between USD 400 million and USD 450 million annually.

Cameron LNG Phase 1 is one of five LNG export projects Sempra Energy is developing in North America: Cameron LNG Phase 2, previously authorised by FERC, encompasses up to two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional LNG storage tanks; Port Arthur LNG in Texas; and Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.