Cameron LNG Reaches Full Commercial Operations
-- Third Liquefaction Train of Phase 1 Begins Commercial Operations
-- Full Run-Rate Earnings and Cash Flows Under Tolling Agreements Begin
Aug 10, 2020
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced that the Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, has begun full commercial operations under Cameron LNG's tolling agreements.
"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," said Justin Bird, chief executive officer of Sempra LNG.
Cameron LNG achieved commercial operations of Train 1 and Train 2 in August 2019 and February 2020, respectively. To date, the facility has shipped nearly 100 cargoes totaling more than 6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The construction activities for the facility concluded with a safety record of more than 89 million hours without a lost-time incident.
Commercial operations of Train 3 mark the beginning of full run-rate earnings under Cameron LNG's tolling agreements. The facility is expected to generate nearly $12 billion of after-debt service cash flows for Sempra Energy during the 20-year contract period.
Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, TOTAL SE, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.
Sempra LNG and its partners are developing Cameron LNG Phase 2, previously authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Project owners have signed memorandums of understanding for 100% of Phase 2's offtake capacity with no change in equity ownership.
The successful development and ultimate construction of Cameron LNG Phase 2 and Sempra Energy's other LNG export projects currently under development are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and there can be no assurance that any of these projects will be completed.
About Sempra LNG
Sempra LNG's mission is to be North America's premier LNG infrastructure company by providing sustainable, safe and reliable access to U.S. natural gas for global markets. Sempra LNG owns a 50.2% interest in Cameron LNG, a 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) export facility operating in Hackberry, Louisiana and is currently developing additional LNG export facilities on the Gulf Coast and Pacific Coast of North America through Cameron LNG expansion, Port Arthur LNG in Texas and Energía Costa Azul LNG in Mexico. Through our disciplined value creation process, Sempra LNG evaluates expansion opportunities at each of these locations and other infrastructure investments along the LNG value chain.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $60 billion in total assets in 2019, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in sustainability, and diversity and inclusion, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.
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Sempra LNG, Cameron LNG, Port Arthur LNG and ECA LNG are not the same company as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra LNG, Cameron LNG, Port Arthur LNG and ECA LNG are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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