Sempra Energy subsidiary ECA Liquefaction has reached a final investment decision (FID) for the development, construction and operation of the ECA LNG phase one natural gas liquefaction export project in Baja California, Mexico.

ECA LNG Phase 1 will be built and operated by Sempra LNG and IEnova, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary in Mexico, as a single-train liquefaction facility with a nameplate capacity of 3.25 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG and an initial offtake capacity of approximately 2.5 Mtpa of LNG.

First LNG production from ECA LNG Phase 1 is expected in late 2024.

Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra LNG, commented, “We are excited to continue to help unlock North America’s energy potential with ECA LNG Phase 1.”

“This project would be the first LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of North America that can help connect abundant natural gas supplies from Texas and the Western US directly to markets in Mexico and countries across the Pacific Basin.”

Bird added, ”This important milestone is a testament to the resiliency of our team and marks the latest step toward our goal to be North America’s premier LNG infrastructure company.”