Cameron LNG gets final FERC approval - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cameron LNG gets final FERC approval

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(Source: Sempra Energy) (Source: Sempra Energy)

Sempra Energy on Thursday announced that its subsidiary Cameron LNG has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and export facility at the site of the company's LNG receipt terminal in Hackberry.

The FERC permit is one of the last major regulatory approvals required to start construction on the $9-10 billion natural gas liquefaction facility. Cameron LNG will still need the Department of Energy to issue its final approval for an export license.

"This is a landmark project that will bring economic prosperity and create thousands of jobs in Louisiana," said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "Today's approval is another important step in delivering natural gas to America's trading partners abroad."

The authorization approves the development of the three-train liquefaction facility that will provide an export capability of 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd). FERC also authorized a subsidiary of Sempra Energy to construct a 21-mile, 42-inch natural gas pipeline expansion of the Cameron Interstate Pipeline, new compressor station and ancillary equipment that will provide natural gas transportation for the liquefaction facilities.

Earlier this year, Cameron LNG was awarded conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG to non-free-trade-agreement countries, including Japan and European nations.

"We are pleased to have reached this important milestone successfully and to be one step closer to starting construction later this year," said Octavio M.C. Simoes, president of Sempra LNG. "The broad support and positive feedback from the community has been an integral part of our success in the developing and permitting of the project."

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