Sempra Energy on Monday filed a permit application with the
US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to add
natural gas liquefaction and export facilities to its existing Cameron
LNG terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana.
In the application, Sempra is requesting approval to begin
construction of the project.
The project has been progressing successfully through the FERC
pre-filing process, which was initiated in April, according to
"The Cameron liquefaction project represents a significant
investment in new energy infrastructure in Louisiana that will
stimulate local, regional and national economic activity,
creating new jobs and supporting small businesses," said Mark
A. Snell, president of Sempra Energy.
"Our filing keeps us on schedule to receive FERC approval and
begin construction in the fourth quarter
The net benefits of the project outlined in the FERC
application include creating nearly 3,000 direct jobs in the
peak construction year and approximately 130 full-time jobs
when fully operational, the company says.
The federal agency will review the application and conduct an
environmental study of the project
prior to acting on the permit.
Additional permits and approvals will be required before construction on the Cameron
liquefaction project can be completed and the project becomes
"The public scoping meetings held during the summer
demonstrated strong community support for the proposed
project," said Octavio M. C. Simoes, president of Sempra
Energy's LNG operations. "Our project stimulates the economy,
creates local wetlands, promotes stability in domestic natural
gas pricing and increases global economic trade."
A report by the US Department of Energy (DOE) released last week says that increased
liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will result in net economic
benefits to the US economy.
The third-party study, prepared by NERA Economic Consulting, is
expected to help the DOE weigh some 15 proposals for LNG
export, including the Sempra filing.
Cameron LNG already has received approval from the DOE to
export LNG to countries with which the US has qualifying
free-trade agreements. The company's application to export to
non free-trade agreement countries, filed in December 2011, is
expected to be among the first to be considered early next
year, according to Sempra officials.
The liquefaction facility will utilize Cameron LNG's
existing facilities, including two marine
berths capable of accommodating Q-Flex-sized LNG ships, three
LNG storage tanks of 480,000 cubic meters, and vaporization
capability for regasification services of 1.5 billion cubic
feet (Bcf) per day.
The new liquefaction facility will be comprised of three
liquefaction trains with a total export capability of 12
million tpy of LNG, or approximately 1.7 Bcf/day. The facility
is expected to begin delivering LNG to international markets in
Earlier this year, Cameron LNG signed commercial development
agreements with Mitsubishi, Mitsui & Co. and a subsidiary
of GDF Suez. These agreements bind the parties to fund all
development expenses, including design, permitting and
engineering for the full capacity of the new facility.