Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur LNG export project and two natural gas pipelines have received the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The proposed Port Arthur LNG project in Jefferson County, Texas, is expected to include two natural gas liquefaction trains capable of processing 11 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities and new natural gas transmission pipelines in Texas and Louisiana.
The FEIS is the final step in the environmental review process before FERC can proceed to issue an order approving the project.
“Today’s positive review of our Port Arthur liquefaction-export project and new pipeline projects by the FERC represents a significant step forward as we remain focused on becoming North America’s premier infrastructure company,” said Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, president and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure Group.
Last month, Port Arthur LNG and the Polish Oil & Gas Company signed a definitive 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement for LNG from the Port Arthur LNG as part of Sempra Energy’s long-term goal of exporting 45 Mtpa of North American LNG to meet the global demand. The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including Port Arthur LNG making a final investment decision.
Development of the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction facility is contingent upon obtaining additional customer commitments, completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits, obtaining financing, incentives and other factors, and reaching a final investment decision.