The U.S. Gulf Coast continues to metamorphosize into a New Age commercial seaport with several LNG export projects gaining significant tailwinds this week. RMR today is following celebratory announcements from two newsmakers along their journey to help catapult the nation into the rank of world’s largest LNG supplier by 2024.

Sempra Energy

Sempra Energy is a North American energy infrastructure company based in San Diego, California. Sempra Energy’s focus is on electric and natural gas infrastructure.

Annova LNG

Annova LNG is a leader among second-wave U.S. LNG facilities and caters to mid-scale LNG customers who are buying in 1.0 MTPA increments.

First up is Calif-based Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG facility, which now has begun commercial operations on a second liquefaction train. Located in Hackberry, La., Cameron LNG will add a third train scheduled for initial production by the second quarter this year. Once completed, the terminal will have an export capacity of more than 12 MTPA.

Sempra and its partners are currently developing five LNG projects in all, including the Port Arthur LNG terminal that will offer a nameplate capacity of 13.5 MTPA. The company this week announced an agreement with Bechtel for engineering, procurement and construction, saying the Port Arthur facility has the potential to become one of the largest in North America with expansion capabilities of up to eight trains and 45 MTPA of capacity.

Houston-based Annova LNG also has made recent headlines after earning FERC approval and signing a 30-year lease on more than 700 acres with the Port of Brownsville. The export terminal will offer 6.95 MTPA of capacity and target mid-scale LNG customers that buy in 1.0 MTPA increments. The company in January inked a 20-year transportation agreement for natural gas supplies with Valley Crossing Pipeline, which extends from Agua Dulce to Brownsville.

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