ERC Approves Sempra's Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 Expansion Project
Posted 22/09/2023 14:10
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted authorization for Sempra Infrastructure's Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 expansion project. This marks a significant regulatory milestone for the project, which includes the addition of two liquefaction trains capable of producing up to 13 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 project is part of Sempra's efforts to meet the growing demand for U.S. LNG supplies in European, Asian, and other global markets. It aims to enhance energy reliability and security while displacing coal in power production.
Currently, the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project is under construction and includes two natural gas liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, and associated facilities. The proposed Phase 2 project could double the facility's total liquefaction capacity to approximately 26 mtpa. It will also involve an additional LNG storage tank and marine berth, benefiting from common facilities currently under construction as part of Phase 1.
Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure, emphasized the company's commitment to investing in infrastructure that contributes to a cleaner and more secure energy future. Sempra is exploring opportunities to develop the entire Port Arthur site and reduce the carbon intensity of its LNG, positioning it as a flagship hub for the energy transition.
In support of the Port Arthur Energy Hub, Sempra acquired 38,000 acres of pore space and relevant surface rights for the proposed Titan Carbon Sequestration project, which aims to capture carbon from the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 and 2 projects. This endeavor has the potential to unlock additional net-zero energy infrastructure opportunities.