Sempra Energy announced that Cameron LNG has begun pipeline feed gas flow to the first liquefaction train of its new LNG liquefaction facility in Hackberry, La. This is the final commissioning step for Train 1 of Cameron LNG Phase 1.
“The entire Cameron LNG team has worked safely and diligently to reach this milestone and we expect to start producing LNG this quarter,” said Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG and board chair for Cameron LNG. “Sempra Energy is now one step closer to reaching our goal of building up to 45 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG export capacity to serve global markets.”
Following authorization received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 5, allowing the introduction of pipeline feed gas, Cameron LNG will begin ramping up the feed gas deliveries to the facility as it completes the commissioning process.
Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG liquefaction export project, which includes the first three liquefaction trains, is a $10 billion facility with a projected export of 12 Mtpa of LNG, or approximately 1.7 bcfd.
Cameron LNG Phase 1 is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.
Sempra Energy’s share of full run-rate earnings from the first three trains at Cameron LNG are projected to be between US$400 and US$450 million annually.
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; and Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.
In addition to the construction of the three liquefaction trains, Cameron LNG Phase 1 also involves the construction of a 160,000 m³ full-containment LNG storage tank, facilities for refrigerant make-up and condensate product storage, expansion of the Cameron Interstate Pipeline by installing a 21 mile, 42 in. diameter pipeline, installation of a 56,820 hp compressor station, a heavy hydrocarbon removal unit and ancillary facilities.
The pipeline will enable two-directional flow of natural gas from the expanded terminal and Cameron Interstate Pipeline by further connecting with five major interstate pipelines. The compressor station will incorporate seven Waukesha 16V275GL+ natural gas engines driving Ariel compressors, with the ability to expand to 12.