San Diego-based Sempra is advancing plans to expand the Energia Costa Azul (ECA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Mexico, CEO Jeffrey Martin said during a recent earnings call.


Subsidiaries Sempra LNG and Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) late last year sanctioned the 3.25 million metric ton/year (mmty) ECA LNG Phase 1 liquefaction project. The facility is adjacent to the existing regasification terminal. A proposed second phase would add 12 mmty of liquefaction capacity.

Martin said the first phase at ECA LNG was “going well,” with expectations to meet its target to bring the facility online in 2024. He said rising construction costs are likely to give brownfield LNG projects an extra advantage over greenfield sites as planned developments move toward...