Calcasieu Pass, Sabine Pass, Cameron LNG sites report minimal impact from storm

(Courtesy Mitsui & Co.) Cameron LNG

Two operational LNG facilities and one under construction in Calcasieu Parish on Monday reported minimal damage from Hurricane Laura.

In an announcement Monday, Sempra LNG said it had completed preliminary visual inspections of Cameron LNG and other infrastructure in the region, noting minimal flooding and no catastrophic wind damage. Inspections are planned, with plans to restore full operations pending confirmation of sufficient site safety and security.

After a comprehensive facility and operational assessment, Cheniere Energy also announced Monday it has started to execute a plan to restart LNG production at Sabine Pass. Bechtel, Cheniere’s EPC contractor, was also resuming work constructing Train 6 and on the Third Berth Project.

And Venture Global LNG, which is in the midst of construction on its Calcasieu Pass LNG facility in Cameron at the intersection of the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the Gulf of Mexico, said in a statement Monday that its project site sustained minimal impact.

“A walk-through inspection of most areas of the site following the storm confirmed that the project site’s robust storm protection system,” the company said, “including a perimeter wall and storm water pumping system, performed as designed.”

Venture is working with its EPC contractor, Kiewit Louisiana Co., to regain access to the project site and supporting facilities, restore utilities to Cameron and the project site, and incrementally support the return to work of craft and Venture Global personnel.

The company has two other projects in the works: The 20 MTPA Venture Global Plaquemines LNG facility south of New Orleans on the Mississippi River, expected to begin construction this year, and the 20 MTPA Venture Global Delta LNG facility, adjacent to Plaquemines.

Once completed, the Calcasieu LNG project will comprise eighteen 0.626 MTPA liquefaction trains configured in 9 blocks, three pre-treatment trains, each with 50% capacity, two ship loading berths for LNG vessels carrying a capacity of up to 185,000 cubic meters, two 200,000 cubic meter full containment LNG storage tanks, and 720 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant, including an additional 25 MW gas-fired aeroderivative turbine.