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Port Arthur LNG requests FERC pre-filing review

LNG Industry,

Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

The proposed Port Arthur liquefaction project is designed to include the following:

  • Two natural gas liquefaction trains, with a total export capacity of approximately 10 million tpy, or 1.4 billion ft3/d.
  • Two 160 000 m3 storage tanks.
  • Marine facilities for vessel berthing and loading.
  • Natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage.
  • Feed gas pre-treatment.
  • Truck loading and unloading areas.
  • Combustion turbine generators for self-generation of electrical power.

Export authorisation

On 20 March 2015, Port Arthur LNG also filed a permit application with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for authorisation to export the LNG produced from the proposed project to all current and future free trade agreement (FTA) countries. Port Arthur expects to submit to the DOE an application for authorisation to export to non-FTA countries in the coming months.

Commenting on the development, Octavio M. Simoes, President of Sempra LNG, said: "We have gained valuable experience working with the FERC during the permitting process for the Cameron LNG liquefaction project in Louisiana. If we are successful, this project would provide long-term economic benefits and create new jobs in the region, while strengthening America's role as a global energy leader."

The proposed project would utilise a portion of Sempra's approximately 2900 acres of property with 3 miles of waterfront on the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel and 1.25 miles of waterfront on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Port Arthur site

The company's Port Arthur LNG site previously was evaluated and certified by the FERC in 2006 for a proposed import regasification facility and pipeline and also was permitted by the Texas Department of Transportation for the potential relocation of a portion of State Highway 87.

Development of the project is contingent on completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits and approvals, obtaining financing and incentives, reaching a final investment decision and other factors associated with the investment.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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