The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a pair of extensions for developers of delayed LNG export projects in Louisiana and Texas to complete their terminals.
The extensions are for the Sempra Energy-led Cameron LNG terminal and the Freeport LNG Development LP facility. The developers sought them because the 2014 FERC orders authorizing the projects had required the terminals to be available for service within five years.
Both export projects are being built by construction contractor McDermott International Inc., which has faced several delays on the two facilities. At the same time as the extension requests, McDermott released statements to reaffirm the most recent schedules the company provided during an April 29 conference call with investors.
The schedule for Freeport LNG called for initial production from the first train in the third quarter. Production from the second train was expected to start in the fourth quarter, while production from the third train was expected in the first quarter of 2020. FERC on May 31 granted Freeport the 11-month extension it sought to June 30, 2020.
The project will be able to produce about 15.3 million tonnes per annum of LNG once the first three trains are in service. A fourth train recently approved by FERC is expected to add 5.1 mtpa of liquefaction capacity.
Cameron LNG began liquefaction from the first train earlier in May and announced shipping the first commissioning cargo May 31. McDermott said in April that it expects the second and third liquefaction trains to start up in 2020, months later than a previous target. The approximately $10 billion first phase of the Cameron LNG project includes three liquefaction trains with an estimated total export capacity of about 12 mtpa of LNG. FERC on May 30 granted Cameron LNG a 15-month extension to Sept. 19, 2020. (FERC dockets CP12-509, CP12-29 and CP13-25)