-linked Cameron LNGLLC received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export anadditional 1.41 Bcf/d from a proposed expansion project at its Louisianaterminal to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.
TheDOE order increases Cameron LNG's authorized export capacity to 3.53 Bcf/d fora 20 year period.
"ReceivingDOE's authorization is an important step forward for the Cameron LNG expansionproject," Sempra LNG & Midstream President Octavio M.C. Simoes said ina July 18 statement. "We appreciate the support and leadership of thecommunity and our federal, state and local officials for their commitment tothis project that will provide incremental benefits to the economy, whilemeeting market demand for new LNG supplies."
CameronLNG received approvalfrom FERC to build and operate the proposed expansion project in May. Theexpansion will include up to two additional natural gas liquefaction trains,the fourth and fifth at the facility, and an additional full containment LNGstorage tank. The developers of the expansion project must still completecommercial agreements, secure regulatory approvals, and put together financingand make a final investment decision. (CP15-560)
CameronLNG Holdings LLC is a joint venture of affiliates of Sempra Energy, , and , whichis a joint venture formed by affiliates of Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.
Theexpansion project will be placed next to the Cameron LNG terminal andliquefaction facilities in Hackberry, La., that FERC approved in 2014.Construction is proceedingon the first three trains of the original $10 billion project. Sempra Energysaid the facility is expected to start operations in 2018, with the first fullyear of operations in 2019.