Another company is seeking approval for a natural gas liquefaction and export facility, this time in Port Arthur, Texas. Sempra Energy announced in a press release Monday that its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, has submitted the appropriate pre-filing process request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Should FERC initiate the pre-filing review, Port Arthur LNG will have a years-long process to before it can bring its planned facility online.
In addition to the filing with FERC, Port Arthur LNG also submitted the necessary paperwork to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authorization for LNG exports to countries with Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the United States. Another application is in the works for DOE seeking approval for the company to export to companies without FTAs.
The planned liquefaction and export facility is a 180 degree turn from Sempra’s original plans for the 2,900 acres in Port Arthur. The company had initially intended to import LNG back in 2006, according to FuelFix, but that was before shale production in the U.S. provided easier access to inexpensive natural gas. Now the situation is reversed.
Once Port Arthur LNG receives all the necessary approvals to move forward and construction can begin, the project will include two liquefaction trains, two 160,000 cubic meter storage tanks, marine docks, natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage, feed gas pre-treatment, and truck loading and unloading areas. The complex will also have combustion turbine generators so the site can produce its own electrical power.
This isn’t Sempra’s first venture into the LNG industry on the Gulf Coast. The company is also part of the collaborative venture behind the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, Louisiana, which began construction in October 2014. Texas and Louisiana have been the primary targets for new LNG facilities, given their already-existing energy infrastructures and plentiful port access.