Gas, O&M

McDermott, Sempra LNG put gas export facility into operation

The owners of a liquified natural gas export facility in Louisiana announced that the site’s Train 1 has begun commercial operations, speeding the eventual output of U.S. natural gas for global power generation.

The Cameron LNG project near Houston is owned by Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co, and Japan LNG Investment. McDermott International and partner Chiyoda provided the EPC services and commission for the project.

Train 1 now is in operation. Eventually, Cameron will include three liquefaction trains with a projected export capacity of more than 12 million metric tonnes of LNG per year.

“This is a significant milestone for the Cameron LNG project,” said Mark Coscio, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. “Congratulations to the McDermott project team whose steadfast commitment to outstanding project quality has been going strong since its award in 2014.”

The LNG facilities can take U.S.-produced natural gas and liquefy for safe shipping worldwide. Much of the LNG can be transported to utilities globally who can use it for power generation purposes or heating.

Sempra LNG is an affiliate of San Diego-based utility holding company Sempra Corp.

The Cameron project is hardly alone as the shale drilling revolution pushes the U.S. to become a net exporter of energy for the first time in years. Bechtel led building and completion for Cheniere Energy’s LNG export facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, with a train completed earlier this summer.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).