Sempra LNG said that an initial commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cameron LNG export project in Hackberry, Louisiana.

Commissioning cargos are a step in starting the liquefaction process and support stabilizing production and performance testing. Commercial operations from the facility will begin after Cameron LNG receives authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is expected in mid-2019.

Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG export project includes the first three liquefaction trains that will enable the export of approximately 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG, or approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.

Cameron LNG Phase 1 is one of five LNG export projects Sempra Energy is developing in North America. Cameron LNG Phase 2 encompasses up to two additional liquefaction trains and up to two additional LNG storage tanks. The other projects are Port Arthur LNG in Texas, which recently was approved by FERC, and Energía Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Mexico.

Earlier in May, Sempra Energy and Saudi Aramco agreed to negotiate and finalize a 20-year sale-and-purchase agreement for 5 Mtpa of LNG from Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG export project under development in Texas. Terms would include a 25% equity investment by Saudi Aramco in Phase 1.

The proposed project is expected to include two liquefaction trains, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities that could enable the export of approximately 11 Mtpa of LNG.

Sempra LNG has a goal of delivering 45 Mtpa of natural gas to world markets.