The operators of both Texas-based Freeport LNG and Louisiana-based Cameron LNG announced this week that they have commenced liquefaction operations at their facilities. They become the fifth and sixth LNG export facilities in operation in the United States.
“This is an exciting and significant milestone which now paves the way for our first Train 1 cargo loading expected later this month,” Freeport Spokesperson Heather Browne said. “Freeport’s Train 1 remains on schedule for a September start of commercial operations.”
“This is an exciting moment for Cameron LNG and for Sempra Energy,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure. “Cameron LNG is exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers in the largest world markets, helping to support economic growth in the U.S. and abroad.”
Train 1 is part of Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project which includes a projected export capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.
Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.
The Freeport LNG facility is located near Freeport, Texas, about 60 miles south of Houston, and Sempra’s facility, Cameron LNG, is located in Hackberry, Louisiana, about 25 miles southwest of Lake Charles. Both facilities anticipate shipping out their first cargoes of LNG later this month.
The opening of these two major new facilities is welcome news for a natural gas industry suffering from chronic low prices due to the over-supplied U.S. market.