Sempra and JBIC join forces to pursue energy transition opportunities

Houston-based Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on energy transition opportunities, such as LNG and hydrogen, in the United States and Japan.

Cameron LNG facility. Courtesy of Sempra

The MoU will see Sempra and JBIC advance their project structuring to improve the global energy supply chain through LNG, hydrogen, and other decarbonization efforts.

The U.S. Department of Energy and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are currently implementing a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in the field of carbon capture, storage, conversion and recycling, and carbon dioxide removal.

In this context, the MoU between Sempra Infrastructure and JBIC is intended to help Sempra Infrastructure and its customers in Japan meet many of the objectives of the MOC and help support further efforts between the two countries to advance decarbonization efforts.

As Japan’s policy-based financial institution, JBIC aims to financially support the creation of business opportunities for Japanese companies and the securing of a stable supply of energy.

Sempra has established various partnerships with Japanese companies, with one of them reflected in Sempra Infrastructure’s Cameron LNG facility and recently announced strategic collaboration with a Japanese consortium, which calls for an evaluation of potential enhancements of the energy supply chain in support of decarbonization through e-natural gas as part of the ReaCH4 Project.

In addition, the company is developing the Hackberry Carbon Sequestration Project, which contemplates the participation of two Japanese companies. Both development projects are in close geographical proximity to the Cameron LNG facility.

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“Sempra Infrastructure is thrilled to expand its collaboration with JBIC as we look forward to advancing projects that lower the carbon intensity of our energy delivery assets in North America,” said Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure.

“We have built our relationships with customers and the export credit agencies in Japan over the past decade and are excited to expand our relationship with JBIC as we continue developing projects in support of our net-zero business. This collaboration will help us continue advancing our mission of developing energy infrastructure that provides access to safe, secure and affordable energy to our global partners.”