Cameron LNG expansion project gets non-FTA export nod

Cameron LNG has received authorization from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to export an additional 1.41 bcfd from its proposed Louisiana liquefaction expansion project to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US. Following approval, Cameron LNG's export capacity will be 24.92 million tons/year, or 3.53 bcfd.

Earlier this year, Cameron LNG received clearance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct, and operate the proposed expansion project, which will include up to two additional liquefaction trains—trains No. 4 and No. 5—and a fifth full containment LNG storage tank.

The project will be next to the Cameron LNG terminal and liquefaction facilities that were approved for construction in 2014 in Hackberry, La.

Construction on the first phase of the $10-billion Cameron LNG liquefaction project, encompassing trains No. 1-3, is under way. The facility is expected to commence operations during 2018, with the first full year of operations in 2019.

Cameron LNG Holdings LLC is a joint venture owned by affiliates of Sempra Energy, Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Mitsui & Co. Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment LLC, itself a joint venture formed by affiliates of Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

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