SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that its Sempra LNG & Midstream unit has entered into a Project Development Agreement with a subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (Woodside) (ASX: WPL, OTC: WOPEY) to further advance the development of the proposed Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction facility in Port Arthur, Texas.
The new agreement expands on the Memorandum of Understanding previously signed by the parties in June 2015 and provides a framework regarding how Sempra LNG & Midstream and Woodside will contribute their experience and share the costs related to the development, technical design, permitting and commercial development of the liquefaction project.
“This agreement continues to build on our experience developing safe, reliable energy infrastructure in North America and on Woodside’s core strengths in construction and operation of LNG assets,” said Octavio M.C. Simoes, president of Sempra LNG & Midstream. “We are confident that, together, we can develop a facility that will meet the highest standards of LNG supply for the global market.”
The proposed Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project, located at a site previously permitted for an LNG regasification terminal along the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel, initially would be designed to include two natural gas liquefaction trains with a total export capability of approximately 10 million metric tons per annum (Mtpa), or 517 billion cubic feet per year, as well as LNG storage tanks and marine facilities for LNG ship berthing and loading. Additionally, a 3-mile portion of Highway 87 between the Intracoastal Waterway and Keith Lake Pass would be relocated and upgraded to accommodate the construction of a marine terminal berth for docking and loading of LNG ships.
Last year, Port Arthur LNG obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export up to 10 Mtpa of domestically produced LNG to all current and future Free Trade Agreement countries; the authorization to export LNG to countries with which the U.S. does not have a Free Trade Agreement is pending review by the DOE. In March 2015, Port Arthur LNG initiated the pre-filing process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is anticipated to be completed later this year.
Any development of the project remains contingent upon completing required commercial agreements; acquiring all necessary permits and approvals; securing financing commitments and potential incentives; achieving other customary conditions; and making a final investment decision to proceed.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2014 revenues of $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.
Woodside is an Australian oil and gas company with a global presence, recognized for its world-class capabilities, as an explorer, a developer, a producer and a supplier. Woodside is Australia’s most experienced LNG operator and largest independent oil and gas company.
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Sempra LNG & Midstream and Port Arthur LNG, LLC are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra LNG & Midstream and Port Arthur LNG, LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.