Sempra Energy has confirmed that Cameron LNG has received authorisation from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to export an additional 1.41 billion ft3/d of natural gas from its proposed liquefaction expansion project in Louisiana, US, to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the US. Cameron LNG's export capacity will increase to 24.92 million tpy (3.53 billion ft3/d).
Earlier this year, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Cameron LNG approval to site, construct and operate the proposed expansion project, which will include up to two additional liquefaction trains (trains No. 4 and No. 5) and one additional full containment LNG storage tank (tank No. 5).
The expansion project will be located next to the Cameron LNG terminal and liquefaction facilities that were approved for construction in 2014 in Hackberry, Louisiana.
Octavio M.C. Simoes, President of Sempra LNG & Midstream, said: "Receiving DOE's authorisation is an important step forward for the Cameron LNG expansion project […] We appreciate the support and leadership of the community and our federal, state and local officials for their commitment to this project that will provide incremental benefits to the economy, while meeting market demand for new LNG supplies."
Construction is currently underway on the first phase of the Cameron LNG liquefaction project (trains No. 1 - 3). The facility is expected to commence operations during 2018, with the first full year of operations in 2019.
The expansion project is subject to completing the required commercial agreements, securing necessary consents and approvals, obtaining financing and reaching a final investment decision (FID), etc.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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