Sempra given approval to build Port Arthur export facility in Texas

Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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Sempra Energy, the California utility developing LNG export plants in the US and Mexico, said its Port Arthur LNG project in Texas that will supply nations such as Poland received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to proceed with construction. 

The Port Arthur venture in Jefferson County will comprise an initial two liquefaction Trains, up to three LNG storage tanks of 160,000 cubic metres capacity and associated facilities that will enable the export of about 11 million tonnes per annum of LNG.


The FERC order also approved the construction of the Texas and Louisiana connector pipeline projects that will provide natural gas transportation for the new liquefaction facilities.

“With the FERC order and the commercial momentum of the Port Arthur LNG project, we are one step closer to reaching a final investment decision and delivering low-cost, reliable and clean US natural gas to world markets,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, Chairman and Chief Executive of Sempra North American Infrastructure.

“Port Arthur LNG should help us achieve our goal to become one of the largest exporters of North American LNG,” he added.

“We are grateful to all of our stakeholders for supporting this important infrastructure project that is expected to create thousands of jobs and provide economic benefits for years to come,” stated the CEO.

The Port Arthur facility is one of three export ventures being developed by Sempra and its partners in addition to Cameron LNG in Louisiana, which is expected to ship its first cargo soon, and the Costa Azul plant on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Port Arthur already has its first firm foundation customer in the Polish Oil & Gas Company.

The Poles signed a definitive 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement in December 2018 for 2 MTPA of LNG from the facility.

Sempra has selected Bechtel Inc., the leading LNG engineering, procurement and construction company, to build the plant.

Sempra, whose headquarters are in San Diego, has a strategy to achieve around 45 MTPA of LNG production by the mid-2020s through its three plants and their related expansion projects.

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