Louisiana-based Cameron LNG exports terminal remains offline following a hurricane in late August, but testing and feedgas deliveries have begun ahead of a restart later this month.
Although the facility itself faced minimal damage from the Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 27, its electricity supply was greatly affected and the plant was shutdown. The terminal sources its power offsite from local utility Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Kallanish Energy reports.
Entergy is yet to resume normal power supply to Cameron LNG, preventing the liquefaction and exports terminal to resume operations. Partial electric power was restored on Sept. 18 and the facility is currently testing equipment to restart.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its latest weekly gas report that Cameron LNG resumed receiving feedgas on Sept. 27. Deliveries averaged 11.6 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) on September 27 and 28, and they increased to 20.2 Mmcf/d on Sept. 29, the EIA said, citing data from Genscape.
Yet, the Calcasieu Ship Channel, where the terminal is located, remains partially blocked. It must be dredged before LNG vessels can transit without restrictions, the EIA said.
Sempra Energy’s CEO Jeff Martin has previously indicated the facility would return to normal operations around Oct. 29. It has capacity to handle 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG.
Meanwhile, Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal, the largest in the U.S., shipped its first LNG cargo two weeks after the storm, on Sept. 11. The 30-Mtpa facility is powered by onsite gas-fired generators.
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