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Sempra Energy to Produce 12.4 Mil MT of LNG in Mexico
= Plans to construct new LNG trains at Costa Azul terminal =
US Sempra Energy launches a 12.4-mtpa LNG production project in the west coast of Mexico. It plans to produce LNG from US-produced natural gas at the Costa Azul receipt terminal in Baja California, western Mexico. The launch is planned in 2025. By the year, it intends to start production of 3.3 mtpa as the mid-scale project and in parallel 4.5 mtpa as the first phase of the large-scale project at the terminal.

The Costa Azul LNG terminal launched in 2008 is operated by Energia Costa Azul (ECA), a subsidiary of Infrastructure Energetica Nova (IEnova) that Sempra Energy owns 66.43% stake in.

Sempra Energy is preparing a 3.3-mtpa mid-scale project and a 9.1-mtpa large-scale project at the terminal. It filed for export permission of 182 Bcf/year of natural gas and 161 Bcf of LNG/year for the mid-scale project and 545 Bcf/year of natural gas and 475 Bcf/year of LNG for the large-scale one to the Department of Energy (DOE).

At the Mexican terminal equipped with two 160,000-cubic-meter storage tanks, the Company will add one 3.3-mtpa train and utilize existing facilities in the mid-scale project, and build two 4.5-mtpa trains and one 160,000-cubic-meter storage tank in the large-scale project.

Sempra Energy is setting its sights on Asia, the Middle East, and South America, the areas the Pacific Coast-based project has geographically advantages in shipment — it requested DOE both FTA and non-FTA export permission. The Company plans to request the project's official filing by the second quarter of 2019 aimed at commencing development of the mid-scale project and the large-scale project's first phase.

In Mexico, infra-development company DKRW Energy etc. are also planning a 12-mtpa LNG production project with the US-produced natural gas in Sonora state.
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