Cameron LNG has initiated the pre-filing review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the planned expansion of the company’s existing three-train liquefaction export project in Hackberry, Louisiana.

The expansion project is expected to include two additional liquefaction trains (trains No. 4 and No. 5) and one additional full containment LNG storage tank (tank No. 5) capable of increasing LNG production capacity by 9.97 million metric tonnes per annum (Mtpa) or 1.41 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd).  If approved, Cameron LNG’s export capacity will be 24.92Mtpa, or 3.53Bcfd.

“The expansion project will allow Cameron LNG to export additional LNG from low-cost, reliable US LNG supplies to international markets,” said Farhad Ahrabi, CEO of Cameron LNG.  “Locally, our economy will continue to reap the benefits in the form of new full-time jobs that will be created in support of the terminal operations.”

On Monday, Cameron LNG filed a permit application with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for authorisation to export the LNG produced from the proposed expansion project to all current and future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries.  In the coming months, Cameron LNG also expects to submit to the DOE an application for authorisation to export LNG produced from the expansion project to all current and future non-FTA countries.

The expansion project will be located on land within the existing Cameron LNG terminal site, is expected to utilise a similar liquefaction train design and will include a full containment LNG tank consistent with the existing tanks.

Cameron LNG Holdings, LLC is a joint venture owned by affiliates of Sempra Energy, GDF SUEZ S.A., Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a joint venture formed by affiliates of Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, and comprises the Cameron LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminal in Hackberry, La., and the construction and operation of the liquefaction export facilities.