FERC Gives Nod to Cameron LNG Expansion

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last Thursday approved Cameron LNG, LLC's application to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal currently under construction near Hackberry, La. Cameron LNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sempra Energy.

FERC's action authorizes Cameron to increase the send-out rate of the LNG terminal--initially from 1.5 Bcf/d to 1.8 Bcf/d and ultimately to 2.65 Bcf/d. The move also allows Cameron to increase the facility's LNG storage capacity by adding a fourth storage tank. In addition, the company can increase the LNG storage rate at each berth. Finally, FERC's authorization covers the construction of facilities to produce and inject inert gas into send-out natural gas as an optional method of controlling its British thermal unit content.

Cameron LNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sempra LNG, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sempra Global. Sempra Global, a unit of Sempra Energy, was formed to develop, own, and operate LNG terminal facilities.

To review FERC's Jan. 18, 2007, order granting Cameron LNG authorization under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (Docket No. CP06-422), visit the commission's "eLibrary" Web site: www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp.

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