LNG production starts up at Cameron LNG

Sempra Energy has announced that the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, Louisiana is producing LNG from the first liquefaction train of the three-train facility. The project will begin exports in the coming weeks.

Cameron LNG completed all major construction activities for Train 1 of the liquefaction-export project and began the commissioning and start-up process in November 2018. Last month, the facility began receiving gas flow for testing as it reached the final stage of the commissioning process.

"With a renaissance in domestic energy production, Sempra Energy is pleased to advance America as one of the world's largest exporters of LNG," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.

Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG project of 13.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) capacity includes three LNG trains of 4.5 Mtpa each. Construction is ongoing for trains 2 and 3 with first production expected by the turn of the year and mid-2020 respectively.

The project is operated by Cameron LNG LLC jointly owned by Sempra Energy (50.2 per cent), Total (16.6 per cent), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (16.6 per cent) and Mitsubishi/NYK (16.6 per cent).

“The start-up of the LNG production marks an important milestone for the Cameron LNG project. This achievement is the result of work carried out by all of the teams and project partners. Total’s commitment to Cameron LNG and its expansion is in line with our strategy to continue building a strong position in the US LNG market. With Cameron LNG start-up, we will achieve our target of being integrated along the gas value chain in the US since we are already a gas producer in the country”, commented Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Total.

In addition, the Cameron LNG co-owners are currently discussing a potential expansion of the base project, already authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), that would add two liquefaction trains of 4.5 Mtpa capacity each and two LNG storage tanks.

"Sempra Energy is developing five world-class projects that offer more choice to our customers, including brown-field locations, access to both the Asian and European markets, and flexibility and scalability to meet growing demand," added Martin.