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Sempra Energy starts Cameron LNG Train 3 production and retains expansion ambitions

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Sempra Energy said the third liquefaction Train at the Cameron LNG export plant at Hackberry in Louisiana has begun production.

Commercial operations for Train 3 under Cameron LNG’s tolling agreements now remain on track to begin in the third quarter of 2020.

Cameron LNG achieved commercial operations of Train 1 and Train 2 in August 2019 and February 2020 respectively.

Sempra Energy noted that its mission was still to be the premier North American LNG infrastructure company by providing natural gas producers with access to global markets.

Sempra LNG owns a 50.2 percent interest in Cameron LNG, now ramping up to production of 12 million tonnes per annum, or 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Three other projects are planned, the expansion of Cameron LNG, the construction of the Port Arthur LNG plant in Texas and the Costa Azul facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

“Congratulations to the entire Cameron LNG team for reaching this last major milestone toward full commercial operations for Phase 1 of this critical energy infrastructure facility,” said Justin Bird, Chief Executive of Sempra LNG.

“We look forward to the completion of this world-class LNG facility that will be an outlet for exporting abundant US natural gas to world markets,” added Bird.

“Sempra LNG is proud of the thousands of engineering and construction jobs and millions of tax revenues the project has provided to Southwest Louisiana,” he stated.

“As the construction phase of the project concludes with a remarkable record of over 88 million hours without a lost time incident, we are confident in Cameron LNG’s commitment to operating safely and continuing to support the local economy and community that has welcomed us since day one,” he said.

Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, French major Total, Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. and Japan LNG Investment, a joint venture involving Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line).

Japanese LNG engineering firm Chiyoda Corp. is part of the construction joint along with McDermott International of the US.

“I applaud the hard work and commitment of the entire joint venture project team whose focus on safety and delivery during this dynamic time brought Train 3 to the state of producing LNG,” said Mark Coscio, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America.

“The teamwork and diligence they have placed on safety and health as we navigate through the current Covid-19 pandemic has enabled us to continue our operations and deliver the project,” added Coscio.

McDermott and Chiyoda have provided the engineering, procurement and construction for the Cameron LNG project since the project’s initial award in 2014.