Sempra Energy announced its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission initiate the pre-filing review for the company’s proposed Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur, Texas.
According to Sempra, the proposed liquefaction project is designed to include: two natural gas liquefaction trains with a total export capability of approximately 10 million tons per annum; two 160,000-cubic-meter storage tanks; marine facilities for vessel berthing and loading; natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage; feed gas pre-treatment; truck loading and unloading areas; and combustion turbine generators for self-generation of electrical power.
On March 20, Port Arthur LNG also filed a permit application with the U.S. Department of Energy for authorization to export the LNG produced from the proposed project to all current and future Free Trade Agreement countries and expects to submit to the Department of Energy an application for authorization to export the LNG produced from Port Arthur LNG to non-FTA countries in the coming months, the company said.
Sempra said it had gained experience in the permitting process through the efforts for the Cameron LNG liquefaction project in Louisiana which it is undertaking with partners.
According to Sempra, development of the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project is contingent on completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits and approvals, obtaining financing and incentives, reaching a final investment decision and other factors associated with the investment.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, another subsidiary of Sempra Energy, is proposing to develop a natural gas pipeline project consisting of two 42-inch diameter pipeline segments that would interconnect with intra- and interstate pipelines to the north and south of the proposed Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project.
Sempra LNG successfully permitted Cameron LNG, which is now in construction. Port Arthur LNG is one of three liquefaction projects being developed by Sempra Energy, the company said. The other projects include the proposed expansion of Cameron LNG with trains No. 4 and No. 5 and liquefaction facilities at Energia Costa Azul in Baja California, Mexico.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is an energy services holding company with 2014 revenues of $11 billion.