Proposed LNG facility passes another regulatory hurdle
Sempra Energy, the company in the midst of developing a Port Arthur liquid natural gas export facility and four others in the region, got an official sign-off Thursday to allow export operations.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signed the official authorization order during the first U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Energy Forum in Brussels, Belgium.
“The United States is in its third consecutive year as a net exporter of natural gas, now exporting domestic LNG to 35 countries,” Perry said in a statement. “I applaud the American private sector for continuing to reach new milestones and look forward to continued growth in this sector.”
Port Arthur LNG is estimated to create around 3,500 on-site engineering and construction jobs, as well as several hundred support jobs throughout the state. The company said there will be close to 200 full-time jobs when Port Arthur LNG begins operation.
The company last month received the go-ahead from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct and operate its two liquefaction trains and three storage tanks.
Sempra said the completion of the project still depends on adding additional customer commitments, completing commercial agreements and obtaining financing, along with other factors.