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FERCon May 5 authorized Cameron LNG LLC's 1.41-Bcf/d expansion of its Louisiana naturalgas liquefaction and export terminal that is already under construction.

The expansionproject in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, which received a positive environmentalassessment from FERC staff in February, would add two trains to the original $10billion, three-train LNG terminal. The expansion will allow Cameron to export theequivalent of an additional 515 Bcf per year of gas, increasing the terminal's exportcapability to approximately 1.29 Tcf per year of gas.

Gas forthe project would be supplied through an existing interconnection with anda recently certificated interconnection with Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.'s Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC, according to the May 5 order.The LNG company plans to begin construction in June and to place the project inservice by the end of 2019. (CP15-560)

The U.S.Department of Energy in July 2015 authorized Cameron LNG trains 4 and 5 to exportLNG to countries the U.S. has a free trade agreement with, and recently the project to exportan additional 0.42 Bcf/d to non-FTA countries.

CameronLNG is a joint venture owned by affiliates of Sempra Energy; ENGIE,formerly GDF SUEZ SA; Mitsui &Co. Ltd.; and Japan LNGInvestments LLC, which is a joint venture of affiliates of and .

Semprais also developing the proposed PortArthur LNG export facility in Port Arthur, Texas, which would initiallybe designed to include two natural gas liquefaction trains with a total export capabilityof about 10 million tonnes per annum, or 517 Bcf per year.