Sempra Expects US to Approve Permit Extension for Cameron LNG Plant

(Reuters) — Sempra Infrastructure likely will ask the U.S. Department of Energy for an export license extension for its Cameron LNG facility expansion, President Dan Brouillette said on Monday.

The U.S. this year has taken a dim view of extensions, rejecting Energy Transfer's request for a three-year extension for its multibillion-dollar Lake Charles LNG project. The U.S. left the door open for a new application.

But Brouillette said that because the company has already produced LNG, he is confident the request to approve a fourth processing unit, called Train 4, will not face the same resistance encountered by Energy Transfer.

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The Cameron LNG facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, began initial startup in 2018 and has been producing gas from three units. A fourth train when completed would add up to 6.75 million tons per year of chilled gas to its existing 12 MTPA capacity.

"We have partners who are in fact the developers and the offtakers of our gas. We think those commercial arrangements will cause DOE to look differently at this project as opposed to others," Brouillette said in an interview on the sidelines of the LNG 2023 conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Cameron LNG is owned by affiliates of Sempra Energy, TotalEnergies, Mitsui & Co. and Japan LNG Investment LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. Sempra indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.

Energy Transfer has said it will continue to develop its Louisiana export plant, noting that it had spent $300 million on the project.

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