Liquified natural gas (LNG) produced at Cameron LNG could have a deep cut in its carbon footprint after Sempra Infrastructure secured a deal for renewable energy at Louisiana facilities.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with utility Entergy Louisiana LLC to develop and procure renewable energy to help power the 12 million metric ton/year (mmty) terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana.

Sempra Infrastructure was formed in December 2020 as a Sempra subsidiary to focus on North American LNG development. It also is a majority stakeholder in Cameron.

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The MOU sets up a framework for collaboration between Sempra and Entergy, which would need approval by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. If approved, the company expects the partnership would lead to a “reduction of methane emissions upstream of Sempra Infrastructure facilities.”

“As we look towards electrifying our next generation of facilities and enabling new net-zero solutions like carbon sequestration, we are immensely excited about the opportunity to explore how we can jointly accelerate the deployment of renewable energy to power these new technologies,” Sempra Infrastructure’s Lisa Glatch, president of LNG, said.

Earlier this month, Sempra formally amended its plans to reduce carbon emissions. The expansion would include one train with a 6.75 mmt/y capacity that would use electric compression, equivalent to adding 300 MW to the Entergy Louisiana system.

A spokesperson with Sempra told NGI that the company expected power grid emissions associated with the project to be 13% lower than previously estimated thanks to the fuel mix used in the regional grid. Those reductions were expected to continue in the future with planned projects.

Entergy has planned to triple its renewable energy portfolio over a three-year period, eventually producing 11 GW of renewable energy by 2030. At the same time, it’s aim is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Another division of Entergy is also moving forward with plans to replace a power plant about 50 miles from Cameron in Bridge City, TX. The new gas-fired generation station would be capable of using hydrogen at start-up. The project is still in the permitting phase, but the utility has said construction could start in the second half of 2023 with start up in 2026.

Sempra is also developing a terminal southeast of Houston, Port Arthur LNG. The final investment decision has been pushed back in favor of the Energía Costa Azul joint venture in Mexico’s Baja California.