Cameron LNG's Second Train Begins Commercial Ops

Cameron LNG's Second Train Begins Commercial Ops
Train 3 remains on track to start initial LNG production in the second quarter of 2020.

Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, revealed that Cameron LNG's second train of the liquefaction-export infrastructure project in Hackberry, La., has begun commercial operations.

"We are excited that our first liquefaction project is nearing completion and we couldn't be more pleased that Cameron LNG is already contributing to position the U.S. as one of the top LNG-producing countries in the world," said Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG and board chair for Cameron LNG. "We are looking forward to achieving commercial operations of the third and final train of Phase 1 while maintaining the same remarkable safety record the project has achieved thus far."

Train 3 remains on track to start initial LNG production in the second quarter of 2020 and to start commercial operations in 3Q 2020. The facility's first liquefaction train started commercial operations in August 2019.

Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG export project includes the first three liquefaction trains that will enable the export of about 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, or 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

Sempra's share of full-year run-rate earnings from the Phase 1 project are expected to be between $400- and $450 million annually starting in 2021 when all three trains achieve commercial operations.

Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment LLC. Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2 percent of Cameron LNG.

Meanwhile, Sempra Energy is developing four other LNG export projects in North America, including Cameron LNG Phase 2, which could include up to two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional LNG storage tanks; Port Arthur LNG in Texas; and Energía Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.

Sempra LNG develops and builds natural gas liquefaction facilities and is pursuing the development of five strategically located LNG projects in North America with a goal of delivering up to 45 Mtpa of clean natural gas to the largest world markets, which would make Sempra Energy one of North America's largest developers of LNG-export infrastructure facilities, according to the company.

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