Sempra Energy reported that the first commissioning cargo carrying liquified natural gas shipped from the company’s LNG subsidiary in Louisiana this weekend.
Sempra LNG announced that the shipment from the first liquefaction train moved out of the Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry, LA. Commissioning cargos are a critical step in the process supporting production and performance testing.
Commercial operations from the facility will begin after Cameron LNG receives authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is expected within months.
“This achievement brings Cameron LNG, one of Sempra’s five strategically located LNG infrastructure projects, one step closer to commercial operations,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure. “Seeing the first tanker depart loaded with U.S. LNG produced at this world-class facility is significant for our company.”
Thanks to the shale gas revolution in production, the U.S. is becoming a net exporter of energy again. Many utilities elsewhere in the world are signing up for U.S. natural gas.
Construction on Cameron’s Train 1 was completed last month. Sempra Energy Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Martin, speaking during at the celebration noting completed in Hackberry on May 14, said the export of LNG gives American gas producers access to new markets in Asia and Europe, improves the economic security of U.S. allies and brings a cleaner emitting fuel source to world power generation.
“At the end of the day, this celebration is also about American’s ‘energy renaissance.’” Martin said according to a company statement “In its simplest form, think of the LNG facility behind me as a gateway to a more exciting future for American energy.”
Cameron LNG 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 percent of Cameron LNG.
Cameron LNG Phase 1 is one of five LNG export projects Sempra Energy is developing in North America: Cameron LNG Phase 2, previously authorized by FERC, encompasses up to two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional LNG storage tanks; Port Arthur LNG in Texas, which recently was approved by FERC; and Energía Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.