Sempra's Louisiana LNG terminal receives final approval

25 August 2009 22:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US energy supplier Sempra's Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Lake Charles, Louisiana, is fully complete, according to a formal notice sent to its partners Aker Solutions and IHI, the companies said on Tuesday.

"The start up and completion of the performance tests for the Cameron LNG terminal is the culmination of several years of hard work," John Siffert, Aker's head of LNG business, said in a statement.

A spokeswoman from Aker said the company received notification from Sempra following its approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees the country's LNG construction.

Aker provided the regasification engineering and construction management on the project, while Japanese firm IHI handled the LNG storage and processing aspects.

The terminal received its first commissioned cargo on 21 June, according to the statement, with no details on the size of the fixture.

The US has been a destination for LNG cargoes, while import-heavy regions such as Europe and Asia that traditionally rely on foreign fuels have shunned LNG amid faltering domestic economies.

The US, even though it has a glut of natural gas supply, has been the last-resort destination for LNG shipments because it possesses the world's largest LNG storage capacity.

The Cameron terminal can process 1.5bn cubic feet (bcf)/day of natural gas.

Natural gas is a major feedstock and power fuel for the US petrochemicals industry and downstream chemicals manufacturers.

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