Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of US energy giant Sempra Energy, has successfully completed performance testing and opened its Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminal to commercial traffic.
The company obtained approval to begin commercial operations from the Federal Energy Regulating Commission (FERC) in the past month. The first commercial cargo arrived at the port on 21 June: BPs British Diamond arrived bearing LNG from Trinidad. The terminal is capable of processing 1.5 billion cubic feet a day.
This is the second LNG receipt terminal in Sempras portfolio: the first, Energia Costa Azul, in Baja California, Mexico, has a capacity of 1 billion cubic feet a day and commenced operations in May 2008.
Our LNG business now has two fully operational North American receipt terminals with the unique ability to serve suppliers in both the Atlantic and Pacific markets, says Donald Felsinger, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.
Sempra LNG has signed a flexible agreement to purchase up to 50 cargoes from one of the worlds largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas, Ras Laffen Liquefied Natural Gas Company. Each cargo could contain up to 4.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas.