The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last Friday approved Sempra Energy’s request to initiate commercial service of the first liquefaction train at its $10 billion Cameron liquefied natural gas export (Lng) terminal in Louisiana, Kallanish Energy learns.
The plant exported its first cargo in May, making it the fourth Lng export terminal operating in the U.S. In total, the facility has exported four cargoes, according to data firm Refinitiv, Reuters reported.
There are three liquefaction trains at Cameron. The first started producing Lng in mid-May. Sempra has said it expects Cameron 2 and 3 will enter service in the first and second quarters of 2020, respectively.
Cameron is designed to produce roughly 12 million metric tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Lng, or about 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas.
Since Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana sent out its first Lng export in February 2016, the U.S. became the world’s fourth biggest Lng exporter in 2018, behind Qatar, Australia and Malaysia, and is on track to overtake Malaysia and become the third biggest in 2019.
By the mid-2020s, analysts expect the U.S. will become the biggest Lng exporter in the world. U.S. Lng export capacity is expected to jump to 7.2 Bcf/d by the end of 2019, and 9.9 Bcf/d in 2020, from 6.3 Bcf/d now.
Cameron is owned by affiliates of Sempra, Total SA, Mitsui & Co, and Japan LNG Investment LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (Nyk). Sempra indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron.
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