Sempra LNG Marketing LLC may begin exporting previously imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Cameron LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, LA, beginning Feb. 1.

It is the third U.S. LNG terminal to secure the ability to re-export previously imported LNG. The other two are the Sabine Pass terminal, also in Cameron Parish, and Freeport LNG in Brazoria County, TX.

Sempra LNG received the necessary authorization for re-export from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE). Its affiliate Cameron LNG received a favorable environmental assessment from FERC staff as well.

The company has DOE/FE clearance to re-export up to 250 Bcf total over a two-year period. “The authorization of this order will not permit the export of domestically produced LNG,” the order stated. No new terminal facilities are required for re-export, according to Sempra. However, Sempra Energy affiliate Cameron LNG, the owner of the terminal, must obtain authority from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for operational changes at the terminal, the order said.

“DOE/FE has issued recent blanket authorizations to export previously imported LNG and in each case cited the evidence of record which indicates that United States consumers presently have access to substantial quantities of natural gas sufficient to meet domestic demand from multiple other sources at competitive prices without drawing on the LNG which Sempra seeks to export,” the order said.

“…[N]o interested person intervened in this proceeding or otherwise challenged Sempra’s assertions of sufficient supplies to meet domestic demand if the application is granted.”

In May 2009 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a request of Freeport LNG Development LP for authority to re-export LNG, and the terminal in Brazoria County saw its first export tanker arrive last December (see NGI, Dec. 14, 2009; May 11, 2009). Cheniere Energy received FERC approval for re-export at the Sabine Pass terminal in June 2009 (see NGI, June 8, 2009).

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