The Cameron LNG receipt terminal near Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, of Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, San Diego, has successfully completed performance testing and has begun commercial operations.
Over the past month, start-up and commissioning activities have been completed, including the arrival of the facility’s first two LNG commissioning cargoes and obtaining the approval to commence operations from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Sempra LNG owns 100 percent of the Cameron LNG facility and has sold 40 percent of its processing capacity to Italy’s Eni S.p.A under a 20-year terminal services agreement. Last month, Sempra LNG announced it had signed a flexible agreement to purchase up to 50 cargoes from one of the world’s largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas, Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited 3 (RL 3), an affiliate of RasGas Company Limited (RasGas). The agreement allows cargoes to begin Aug. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010.
First cargo to Cameron LNG terminaal arrived June 21 aboard BP’s "British Diamond", an LNG carrier bringing supplies from Trinidad. A second LNG ship, BP’s "British Emerald", arrived at the terminal June 30 with a cargo from Trinidad.
Sempra LNG’s other LNG receipt terminal, Energía Costa Azul, is located in Baja California, Mexico, and commenced operations in May 2008. Energía Costa Azul is the first LNG receipt terminal on the west coast of North America.
Sempra LNG develops and operates LNG receipt terminals serving North American markets. Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.