Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG project has shipped the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the first liquefaction train of the export project in Hackberry, Louisiana.
The cargo was loaded onboard NYK Line’s newbuild Marvel Crane capable of transporting 177,000 cubic meters.
“This achievement brings Cameron LNG, one of Sempra’s five strategically located LNG infrastructure projects, one step closer to commercial operations,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure.
Commissioning cargos are a critical step in the start-up process and support stabilizing production and performance testing, Sempra LNG, a unit of Sempra LNG said in a statement.
Commercial operations from the facility will begin after Cameron LNG receives authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is expected in mid-2019.
Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG export project includes the first three liquefaction trains that will enable the export of approximately 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.
Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., and Japan LNG Investment, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2 percent of Cameron LNG.