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Sempra Energy Ships First LNG Cargo From Cameron LNG's

Gasoil News - Published on Mon, 17 Jun 2019

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Sempra Energy, the majority owner of the Cameron liquefied natural gas export facility, announced that the company had shipped its first cargo of LNG, becoming the fourth such facility in the United States to enter service since 2016. Upon completion of Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG project, US baseload operational LNG-export capacity increased to about 4.8 billion cubic feet per day. Cameron LNG’s export facility is located in Hackberry, Louisiana, next to the company’s existing LNG-import terminal. Phase 1 of the project includes three liquefaction units referred to as trains that will export a projected 12 million tons per year of LNG exports, or about 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

Currently, Train t1 is producing LNG, and the first LNG shipment departed the facility aboard the ship Marvel Crane. The facility will continue to ship commissioning cargos until it receives approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin commercial shipments. Commissioning cargos refer to pre-commercial cargo loaded while export facility operations are still undergoing final testing and inspection. Trains 2 and 3 are expected to come online in the first and second quarters of 2020, according to Sempra Energy’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call.

Cameron LNG has regulatory approval to expand the facility through two additional phases, which involve the construction of two additional liquefaction units that would increase the facility’s LNG capacity to about 3.5 billion cubic feet per day. These additional phases do not have final investment decisions.

Cameron LNG secured an authorization from the US Department of Energy to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement countries as well as to countries with which the United States does not have Free Trade Agreements. A considerable portion of the LNG shipments is expected to fulfill long-term contracts in Asian countries, similar to other LNG-export facilities located in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Meanwhile, Cameron LNG will be the fourth US LNG-export facility placed into service since February 2016. LNG exports rose steadily in 2016 and 2017 as liquefaction trains at the Sabine Pass LNG-export facility entered service, with additional increases through 2018 as units entered service at Cove Point LNG and Corpus Christi LNG. Monthly exports of LNG exports reached more than 4.0 billion cubic feet per day for the first time in January 2019.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Mon, 17 Jun 2019
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