Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, announced that Cameron LNG has entered the final commissioning stage for the Phase 1, three-train liquefaction-export project in Hackberry, La., as it began introducing pipeline feed gas flow to the third and last liquefaction train. This significant project accomplishment brings the project one step closer to full project completion with start-up of Train 3, the final train for the project.
“Cameron LNG is a huge success story and a great tribute to what this organization and its people are capable of,” said Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG and board chair for Cameron LNG. “We are proud of Sempra LNG’s development of this project as well as Cameron LNG’s employees and contractors who have built and are operating this facility. With a commitment to health and safety first, the commissioning and start-up of Train 3 will help meet demand from global markets for cleaner and more secure energy sources.”
“Congratulations to everyone on the Cameron LNG project team for their continued commitment to project delivery and high-quality standards as we work toward completion of Train 3,” said Mark Coscio, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. “Their hard work and strong safety performance have propelled us to the final train of the project and we look forward to keeping this momentum through completion.”
McDermott and Chiyoda have delivered engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the project since it began. The project includes three liquefaction trains with a projected export capacity of more than 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.
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% of Cameron LNG.
Approximately 88 million hours have been worked without a lost-time incident and 58 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes have been shipped from the facility.
Following authorization received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowing the introduction of pipeline feed gas, Cameron LNG began ramping up the feed gas deliveries to the third train as it completes the commissioning process. Commercial operation of Train 3 remains on track to begin in the third quarter of 2020.
Sempra Energy’s share of full-year run-rate earnings from the Phase 1 project is anticipated to be between USD 400 million and USD 450 million annually starting in 2021 when all three trains are in commercial operations under Cameron LNG’s tolling agreements.
Sempra LNG is also developing four other LNG export projects in North America, including Cameron LNG Phase 2, Port Arthur LNG in Texas, and Energía Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico, with the goal of developing infrastructure capable of producing 45 Mtpa of LNG to export to world markets, which would make Sempra Energy one of North America’s largest developers of LNG-export facilities.
The successful development and ultimate construction of Sempra Energy’s LNG export projects are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and there can be no assurance that any of these projects will be completed.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy’s mission is to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. With more than USD 60 billion in total assets reported in 2019, the San Diego based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers worldwide. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.