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Sempra Energy and Partner Planning New LNG Terminal in Mexico
= The terminal to be built along the north-west coast and to produce 4 mtpa of LNG =
US-based Sempra Energy and its partner are planning a new LNG production/export terminal in Mexico to produce 4 million mt per annum (mtpa) of LNG in northwestern Sinaloa. This will be Sempra Energy's second LNG project in Mexico following the project being advanced at the Energia Costa Azul terminal in the Baja California state.

Sempra Energy and its subsidiary IEnova on November 18 submitted an application to the US Department of Energy (DOE), through its joint venture Vista Pacifico LNG, to export 240 Bcf of natural gas from the US to Mexico and re-export about 4 mtpa of LNG using the natural gas as a source from the project named "VPLNG Mid-Scale Project."

The project is looking to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA countries. Vista Pacifico, which is targeting to start export by 2025, is requesting DOE to approve export to FTA no later than February 1, 2021 and to non-FTA no later than May 1, 2021.

The new LNG terminal will be constructed at the site in Topolobampo, the Sinaloa state for which IEnova has secured an option to purchase, and will be equipped with one 4-mtpa liquefaction unit, one 180,000-cubic-meter tank, an LNG jetty and other related facilities.

Vista Pacific explained that this application was "one of two sets of proposed Topolobampo liquefaction and export terminal facilities." It is also likely to be considering to add LNG trains and expand the project. It aims to secure long-term supply deals with more than one company to supply LNG to geographically close Asian markets where LNG demand is expected to rise.

In Mexico, LNG is planned to be produced at the Energia Costa Azul terminal now in-service as an import terminal. The project announced the decision to make a final investment decision for the first phase development to build 2.5-mtpa facilities on November 17, a day before Vista Pacific submitted the application.

Sempra Energy and IEnova are also cooperating in the Energia Costa Azul project. Japanese buyers are considering the project as one of the closest LNG sources as it takes just around 11 days to voyage from the terminal to Japan. The two companies are also planning to add liquefaction capacities of around 12 mtpa in the second phase development.
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