The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Sempra Infrastructure’s request for two LNG export permits for terminal projects planned to provide a swift channel for U.S. natural gas to Asia from the Mexican Pacific Coast.


Published by the DOE Tuesday, the orders expanded non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) export volumes for Sempra’s Energia Costa Azul (ECA) liquefied natural gas terminal and authorized shipments to non-FTA countries for the proposed Vista Pacifico project through 2050 (No. 20-153-LNG & No. 18-145-LNG).

Sited on the peninsula of Mexico’s Baja California, the ECA LNG project was granted long-term export approval in 2019 and was sanctioned by Sempra in 2020. The 3 million metric ton/year (mmty) first phase of ECA is currently under construction with the firm...