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Sempra to File for Cameron LNG Export OK

Citing the U.S. domestic natural gas boom fueled by shale plays, San Diego-based Sempra Energy executives said last Thursday the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit will soon file with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for an export permit at the Sempra LNG import terminal at Cameron, LA.

November 7, 2011

Sempra to File for Cameron LNG Export OK

Citing the U.S. domestic natural gas boom fueled by shale plays, San Diego-based Sempra Energy executives said Thursday the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) unit will soon file with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for an export permit at the Sempra LNG import terminal at Cameron, LA.

November 4, 2011

SoCalGas Joins Alternative Fuel Research Effort

Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) unit said Wednesday it has joined a San Diego-based low-emission alternative fuels company, Oberon Fuels, in a research and development (R&D) effort centered on a potential transportation fuel derived from natural gas called “Dimethyl Ether (DME).”

September 1, 2011

Sempra Eyes Future Latin American, LNG Investments

While the new CEO reiterated Tuesday that San Diego-based Sempra Energy’s focus would remain fixed primarily on utility operations, the energy holding company will continue to look for other opportunities in what was called “contracted energy infrastructure” investments.

August 11, 2011

SDG&E Seeks OK for 450 MW of Gas-Fired Peaking

Anticipating more unevenness in its electricity mix in meeting California’s 33% renewable goal by 2020, Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) filed Monday for state regulatory approval of three new power purchase contracts covering up to nearly 450 MW collectively from separate natural gas-fired peaking projects.

May 25, 2011

SoCalGas, SDG&E Transmission Pipeline System Revised

California regulators on Thursday approved changes in the intrastate transmission pipeline services for Sempra Energy’s two utilities, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E), tweaking their firm access rights (FAR), receipt points and the rates charged for transportation.

April 18, 2011

Sempra Closes Chile, Peru Purchases

A unit of San Diego-based Sempra Energy on Wednesday said it has completed the $875 million acquisition of interests in Chilean and Peruvian utilities. Sempra Pipelines & Storage now has a 100% interest in the Chilean company and a 76% interest in the Peruvian utility.

April 8, 2011

Sempra Ties Future to More Gas, Less Price Differences

Having exited the global trading space and facing merchant power markets that are problematic, San Diego-based Sempra Energy will be placing renewed emphasis on its varied natural gas investments along with its California and foreign utilities. That was the essence of presentations at the energy holding company’s financial analysts’ meeting last Wednesday in New York City.

March 28, 2011

Sempra Ties Future More Closely to Natural Gas

Having exited the global trading space and facing merchant power markets that are problematic, San Diego-based Sempra Energy will be placing renewed emphasis on its varied natural gas investments along with its California and foreign utilities. That was the essence of presentations at the energy holding company’s financial analysts’ meeting Wednesday in New York City.

March 25, 2011

Industry Briefs

After satisfying final technical requirements, San Diego-based Sempra Energy March 1 obtained final Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to begin re-exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from its Cameron import terminal in Hackberry, LA. However, a Sempra LNG spokesperson would not say whether any cargoes were ready to be reshipped. Sempra won the federal approval for re-export Jan. 20, but there were some conditions it still had to meet. “Based on staff’s review of your filing [Feb. 28] Cameron LNG LLC has satisfactorily addressed all of the hazard and operability study recommendations needed to commence service,” said FERC’s Lauren O’Donnell, who is director of gas: environment and engineering.

March 7, 2011