Cameron LNG receives key U.S. Dept. of Energy
export authorization

Sempra Energy’s subsidiary Cameron LNG has received conditional authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its proposed liquefaction facilities in Hackberry, La., to nations that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S.

Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the authorization conditionally approves Cameron LNG to export up to 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, of natural gas for 20 years.

“This authorization by the DOE represents a critical milestone in the development of our export facilities,” said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. “Exporting natural gas will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs and economic growth here in the U.S. and enable our partners to deliver domestically produced natural gas to our allies abroad and to the world marketplace.”

In January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the draft environmental impact statement to construct and operate Cameron LNG’s liquefaction project. It is the first liquefaction project pending before FERC to have reached this significant permitting milestone.

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