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FERC lets company turn on part of project for Cameron LNG terminal

FERC gave Cameron Interstate Pipeline LLC the green light to place into service part of a pipeline expansion project that will supply natural gas to the Cameron LNG export terminal.

The commission in a March 28 order authorized Cameron Interstate to bring online 3.58 miles of 36-inch-diameter header pipeline, the Holbrook compressor station, modified meter stations at interconnections with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and Texas Eastern Transmission LP, and a meter station at an interconnection with the Cameron gas liquefaction and export project. Cameron Interstate had filed a request March 20 to place the facilities in service by April 1 so the pipeline could meet contractual agreements with Cameron LNG, which is under construction in Hackberry, La.

FERC in June 2014 authorized Cameron Interstate to build and operate a roughly 21-mile pipeline and compression facilities in Louisiana's Cameron, Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes. The developer in February 2016 asked the commission to let it decrease the diameter of the pipeline from the 42-inch design in the original authorization, which the developer said would cut costs and optimize the design.

After shifting a previous timeline, the developers of the Sempra Energy-led LNG export project now expect the first three liquefaction trains to be in service by the end of 2019. An expansion project, approved by the commission in May 2016, would add 1.41 Bcf/d of LNG production capacity to the original $10 billion facility. The entire project has authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export roughly 2.1 Bcf/d to countries without a free trade agreement with the U.S. (FERC docket CP13-27; DOE docket 15-67-LNG)