May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. energy company Sempra Energy said on Tuesday the first liquefaction train at its $10 billion Cameron LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) export terminal in Louisiana started producing LNG.
Cameron is the fourth big LNG export facility to enter service in the Lower 48 U.S. state. It is keeping the United States on track to become the third-biggest LNG exporter in the world in 2019. They are behind Qatar and Australia.
Demand for natural gas, the cleanest of fossil fuels, is growing fast around the world. This is as more countries use it to meet increasing energy consumption.
The first three trains at Cameron will produce about 12 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG. This is roughly 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to fuel about five million U.S. homes for a day.
Sempra has said it expects Cameron 2 and 3 to enter service in the first and second quarters of 2020. Cameron is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra, Total SA, Mitsui, and Japan LNG Investment LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corp and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron. McDermott International Inc and Chiyoda Corp are the lead contractors at Cameron.
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