Port Arthur LNG files for construction permit with FERC

San Diego-based Sempra Energy said its liquefied natural gas units have filed an application with FERC seeking authorization to site, construct and operate the proposed Port Arthur LNG facility.

The facility, to be located along the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Southeast Texas will include two natural gas liquefaction trains capable of producing, under optimal conditions, approximately 13.5 million metric tons per annum in the aggregate or approximately 698 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year, Sempra’s statement reads.

The proposed project site was previously evaluated and certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2006 for a proposed regasification terminal that was never built, according to the project’s website.

Additionally, it will include three LNG storage tanks, natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage, feed gas pre-treatment facilities, two berths and associated marine and loading facilities.

A separate application was filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization to construct natural gas pipelines to deliver natural gas to the project.

Sempra LNG & Midstream and the Australian LNG player Woodside Energy signed a project development agreement in February that provides a framework for the sharing of costs related to the development, technical design, permitting and marketing of the proposed liquefaction project.

The project obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to export up to 10 mtpa of domestically produced LNG to all current and future Free Trade Agreement countries.

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