Cameron LNG export facility, which is in Hackbury, Louisiana, has begun full commercial operations under its existing tolling agreements as Train 3 is now operating. Train 3 is the third and final liquefaction train. Train 3 began commercial operations in February 2020, and Farhad Ahrabi, CEO of Cameron LNG, said then that Train 3 was close to completion.

The three liquefaction trains have a combined export capacity of 12 million TPA of LNG. So far, the facility has shipped more than 6 million tonnes of LNG in almost 100 cargoes.

With Phase 1 complete, the partners are now looking to develop Cameron LNG Phase 2. If that goes ahead, it could include two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional full containment LNG storage tanks, taking the export capacity to 24.92 million TPA.

The facility exports LNG to customers around the world. All major construction work on Train 3 was completed earlier this year, and it began receiving gas flow for testing in late April. In May, Train 3 began producing and shipping LNG commissioning cargoes as part of stabilising production and performance testing. It has now received authorisation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Ahrabi said: “It is a great day for the Cameron LNG family as we commence commercial operations and produce LNG from all three state-of-the-art liquefaction trains. Reaching this monumental milestone would not have been possible without stakeholder trust, a culture of collaboration, transparent and robust leadership, and experienced teams within Cameron LNG and the EPC contractor organisations.”

Cameron LNG is jointly owned by Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co and Japan LNG Investment, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra LNG, added: “At Sempra LNG, we set a goal of building the leading LNG export business in North America. With Cameron LNG moving to full commercial operations, we are one step closer to that goal.  We look forward to continuing to work with customers and partners around the world to achieve their energy transition goals.”

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11th August 2020