Project Snapshot
Cameron LNG
Facility Type: LNG
Scope: New Construction
Owner: Sempra LNG
Location: Hackberry, Louisiana  United States
Region: North America
Modified:  September 07, 2010

Project description

Sempra Energy is building its wholly owned Cameron LNG terminal on the Calcasieu Channel in southwestern Louisiana. The facility, located 18 miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Hackberry, La., will feature three 160,000-cubic meter full-containment storage tanks and two ship berths.

The regasified LNG offloaded at the terminal will be shipped 36 miles via pipeline to a major pipeline junction that provides access to 65 percent of U.S. gas markets. Sempra Pipelines & Storage will build this vital link. Initially, the LNG terminal will be capable of sending out 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d); that capacity will be expanded to 2.65 Bcf/d.

Sempra gained final approval for Cameron LNG from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October 2003. In December 2004 the company signed the engineering, construction and procurement contract for the project with Aker Kvaerner / IHI. Aker Kvaerner / IHI began construction the following August. That same month, Sempra LNG signed a 20-year capacity agreement with ENI S.p.A. for 40 percent (approximately 600 million cubic feet per day) of the capacity of the Cameron LNG receipt terminal. and began construction in August 2005.

Commercial operations began in July 2009.


In January 2007, Sempra gained approval from FERC for a proposal to expand the receipt terminal to 2.65 Bcf/d send-out capacity. The primary upgrades include: widening and enlarging the LNG ship unloading slip; adding a 1,700-foot-diameter, 45-foot-deep turning basin integrated into the slip; moving the eastern edge of the slip (and berthed LNG ship) an extra 90 feet away from the edge of the channel, increasing the total offset to 250 feet; and expanding the berthing capacity to accommodate LNG carriers up to 200,000 cubic meters per day.

  Key Stats
Major units:
two unloading docks; three storage tanks; associated equipment to transform LNG back to natural gas; pipeline to existing interstate pipelines
regasified LNG
Post-project processing capacity:
1.5 Bcf/d; 2.65 Bcf/d after expansion
Project cost:
Aker Kvaerner / IHI (engineering, construction, and procurement)
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Sempra's Cameron LNG Plant Passes FERC Environmental Test
Apr 30, 2014 - Sempra Energy moved a step closer to building its proposed Cameron LNG plant in Louisiana after U.S. energy regulators completed a required environmental report for the project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.
CB&I-Chiyoda JV Wins $6B Contract to Build Cameron Liquefaction Project
Mar 17, 2014 - A joint venture between CB&I and Chiyoda International Corporation has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $6 billion by Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) to construct the Cameron Liquefaction Project in Hackberry, La.
U.S. Approves Exports from Sempra's Cameron LNG Terminal
Feb 11, 2014 - The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday approved exports from Sempra Energy's Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana as the Obama administration moves forward with its goal of expanding the global market for the fuel.
'Confident' Sempra Considers 4th Train at Cameron LNG
Jun 07, 2013 - Sempra Energy Chairman and CEO Debra Reed said the U.S. Department of Energy's decision to begin expanding U.S. LNG exports was good news for Sempra's Cameron LNG export project, which Sempra expects to land a required DOE permit by the end of 2013.
Sempra CEO Expects Federal Approval of Gas-Export Facility by Year's End
Feb 26, 2013 - Sempra Energy expects to get federal permission to build facilities to export natural gas in Louisiana, and the company will be ready to start construction in early 2014, the company's top executive said Tuesday.
Japan's Tepco Turns to U.S.'s Cameron for LNG
Feb 08, 2013 - Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) is nearing completion of a deal to import 800,000 tons of liquefied natural gas a year from the U.S. starting in 2017, a new sign of the effect North American shale is already having in global energy markets.
FERC Drops Proposed Tank from Cameron LNG Import Terminal
Jul 24, 2012 - FERC vacated a 2007 authorization that would have allowed Cameron LNG LLC to build a fourth storage tank and other facilities at its LNG import terminal near Hackberry, La., because the company has not started construction.
Foster Wheeler Wins Contract for La. Liquefaction Project
Apr 27, 2012 - Foster Wheeler has been awarded an owner's engineer contract for a new LNG liquefaction project to be located in Hackberry, Louisiana, by an affiliate of Sempra Energy.
Sempra Unveils Cameron LNG Export Plans
Apr 17, 2012 - Sempra has signed agreements with Mitsubishi and Mitsui to develop and construct a natural gas liquefaction export facility at the site of Cameron LNG receipt terminal in Hackberry, La.
Sempra Unit Receives US Liquefied-Natural-Gas Export Permit
Jan 20, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday it has authorized Cameron LNG to export liquefied natural gas, opening the door wider for U.S. natural gas companies to send their bounty overseas.
Cheniere-BG Deal Provides Pricing Answer, Prompts Questions
Nov 04, 2011 - How robust is the demand for U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG), and who besides BG Group will buy it?
DOE Authorizes Sempra to Re-Export LNG
Dec 08, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy last week issued an order granting Sempra LNG Marketing, LLC blanket authorization to export LNG that had previously been imported to the company's Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana.
La. Officials, Sempra Execs Dedicate Cameron LNG
Oct 21, 2009 - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Donald E. Felsinger, chairman and chief executive of Sempra Energy, and other dignitaries on Wednesday dedicated Sempra Energy's Cameron LNG receipt terminal near Lake Charles, La.
Sempra: Cameron LNG Begins Commercial Ops
Jul 30, 2009 - Sempra LNG on Thursday announced that its Cameron LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminal near Lake Charles, La., has successfully completed performance testing and has begun commercial operations.
La. Terminal Gets First LNG Shipment
Jun 23, 2009 - Sempra Energy received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas at its new terminal near Lake Charles, La., on Sunday, making it the fourth LNG terminal opened in the U.S. in a little over a year.
Sempra's Full-year Profit Edges Upward
Feb 26, 2008 - Sempra Energy on Tuesday reported 2007 income from continuing operations of $1.13 billion, or $4.26 per diluted share, up from $1.09 billion, or $4.17 per diluted share, in 2006.
Sempra Seeks Further LNG Opportunities
Oct 30, 2007 - The outlook for strong liquefied natural gas demand in the U.S. has one major stumbling block, according to the head of Sempra Energy's LNG division.
Sempra Looks Beyond North America for LNG Investments
Feb 16, 2007 - Sempra Energy (SRE) is considering investments outside North America, in facilities in producing nations that liquefy the gas at the source, as well as receipt terminals that regasify and distribute the gas.
FERC Gives Nod to Cameron LNG Expansion
Jan 22, 2007 - The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last Thursday approved Cameron LNG, LLC's application to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal currently under construction near Hackberry, La.

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