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Cameron LNG Requests 15-Month Extension to Complete and Place Terminal Into Service

Cameron LNG has filed a letter with FERC requesting a 15-month extension, to September 19, 2020, to complete and place its liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Hackberry, La., into service. The letter states that Cameron LNG is currently in the final commissioning phase of Train 1 and is completing construction of Trains 2 and 3. On May 20, 2019, FERC authorized Cameron LNG to export by vessels the volumes of LNG produced related to commissioning activities at the...
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Saudi Aramco Signs HOA to Purchase LNG and 25% of Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG Project

Today, Sempra Energy and Saudi Aramco announced that their respective subsidiaries, Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company, have signed a heads of agreement (HOA) that anticipates the negotiation and finalization of a definitive 20-year LNG sale-and-purchase agreement for 5 million tonnes per annum of LNG offtake from Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG export project under development in Port Arthur, Texas. The HOA includes the negotiation and finalization of a 25% equity investment in Phase 1 of Port Arthur...
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FERC Approves Freeport LNG Train 4 Expansion

FERC has issued an order authorizing construction and operation of liquefaction Train 4 at Freeport LNG’s existing import terminal near the city of Freeport, in Brazoria County, Texas. Train 4 will be able to produce an additional 5.1 million metric tons per annum of LNG (approximately 0.74 Bcf/day) for export. FERC Commissioner Richard Glick issued a dissenting statement criticizing the majority’s decision to approve the project while refusing to assess the significance of the impact of the project’s greenhouse gas emissions on the environment and neglecting the Commission’s duty to explore...
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Cameron LNG Begins Production

On May 14, 2019, Cameron LNG announced that Train 1 at its Hackberry, La., liquefaction-export facility has started producing LNG.  The Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project includes three liquefaction trains which are projected to export 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 Bcf/day.  Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)....
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Cameron LNG Requests Permission for Commissioning Cargoes

Cameron LNG has filed a letter with FERC requesting authorization for commissioning cargoes of LNG associated with Train 1 LNG production.
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Construction at Golden Pass LNG Terminal to Start May 13

Golden Pass Products has filed a letter with FERC stating that construction is expected to begin May 13, 2019 at the proposed Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Jefferson County, Texas.  Qatar Petroleum owns 70 percent of the Golden Pass LNG project and ExxonMobil owns 30 percent.  
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China to Increase Tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25%

Reuters reports that in retaliation for a U.S. increase in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, China is set to increase the tariff on U.S. LNG from 10% to 25% starting June 1. The report states that “[s]o far this year, only two LNG vessels have gone from the United States to China, versus 14 during the first four months of 2018 before the start of the 10-month trade war.”
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