Jeffrey Martin, the CEO of Sempra Energy which operates Cameron LNG in Louisiana, US, has told an online energy summit that the facility may be offline for another six weeks, following delays in restoring power after Hurricane Laura, which hit on 27 August 2020.
The energy summit was sponsored by the US Department of Energy and was broadcast online on 17 September 2020. S&P Global Platts reports that Martin said that although the terminal took ‘a big hit’, from the hurricane, it ‘weathered it pretty well’. He expects to have the terminal operational again in the next six weeks.
S&P Global Platts says that Cameron LNG receives power from the energy firm Entergy, which has been working to restore outages caused by the hurricane, and recently said that power would be restored to remaining customers by 30 September 2020. The reliance on a third party for energy means that Cameron LNG has not yet been able to restart, unlike the nearby Sabine Pass terminal owned by Cheniere Energy, which produces its own energy.
While Entergy hopes to have restored power by the end of September, reconnection depends on a customer’s ability to receive power. Sempra has not confirmed whether there was any damage to the electricity connection or other parts of the terminal which must be repaired before it can be restarted.