“The Energía Costa Azul (ECA) project is one of three North American LNG export projects we are developing, two on the Gulf Coast and one in the Pacific Basin, to help meet global demand for LNG,” Sempra Energy COO Joseph A. Householder, said, adding the Costa Azul project was “geographically well positioned to serve Asian gas markets.”
The Costa Azul terminal, situated on the Pacific Coast of in northern Mexico, has entered service in 2008 initially as an LNG import plant. Sempra said the Costa Azul liquefaction and export project is being developed to provide customers with direct access to West Coast LNG supplies.
In Mexico, the California-based utility Sempra energy is acting through the subsidiary Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova). It is looking to develop another small-scale plant in Mexico in with 2.5 mtpa of output, delaying plans for a 12 mpta facility.
In southeast Texas, Sempra is planning to build a LNG export plant along the Sabine-Neches Waterway at Port Arthur with Woodside Petroleum as one of its partners.