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Landrieu: DOE Approves LNG Export Facility in Southwest Louisiana

$10 billion investment will create over 3,000 jobs

February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced the approval of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cameron Parish.  The expansion at the Sempra Energy facility will create 3,000 jobs in Southwest Louisiana.  In 2011, Sempra applied to the Department of Energy (DOE) to transition its facility from an import-only facility into an export facility. It waited more than two years for a DOE’s approval to continue expansion that benefits not only Louisiana, but also the nation’s economy. With this last permit approval from DOE, Sempra will now seek a final permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  

After multiple delays, Sen. Landrieu sent a letter to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz this week urging swift approval of the Sempra permit for Southwest Louisiana. Read Sen. Landrieu’s letter to Sec. Moniz.

Sempra Energy's proposal will bring sustainable and substantial economic benefit to Louisiana, including $10 billion in development to the State of Louisiana.

“The approval of an export LNG facility in Southwest Louisiana is long-overdue, but a welcome addition to the robust energy industry we are building in Louisiana,” said Sen. Landrieu. “With the ability to safely export LNG, Sempra’s expansion will bring thousands of jobs to our region and be a major economic player throughout the entire state. When complete, Louisiana will be able to compete with foreign companies in the battle for the huge international LNG market. I look forward to working with Sempra as they expand their facilities, and to helping them to grow our economy and expand our domestic energy production and development."

Sempra’s Cameron Parish LNG facility will create 3,000 construction jobs at its peak and 140 full-time jobs. The company will invest $9 billion to $10 billion to fully upgrade the facility. Sempra has demonstrated its commitment to the Louisiana workforce by providing employee training and development in Southwest Louisiana.

Sen. Landrieu has been an advocate for expanding LNG export facilities as the U.S.’s supply of natural gas has met and exceeded national demand. To bring jobs to Southwest Louisiana and grow its economy, she has continually advocated for the approval of LNG permits in Louisiana in an expedient but responsible manner. In 2012, Cheniere Energy won approval for its Sabine Pass LNG facility with the support and efforts of Sen. Landrieu

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