Sempra Infrastructure appoints new president

US LNG player Sempra Infrastructure, a unit of Sempra, has appointed Tania Ortiz Mena as its new president.

In this role, Ortiz Mena will lead the company’s three business lines – clean power, energy networks, and LNG and net-zero solutions, according to a statement by Sempra Infrastructure.

Ortiz Mena most recently served as group president of clean power and energy networks at Sempra Infrastructure.

“With a professional career spanning more than 23 years in the Sempra family of companies, she has held various roles including serving as IEnova’s chief executive officer, chief development officer, and vice president of development and external affairs,” the firm said.

Currently, Ortiz Mena also serves as independent board member of the Mexican Stock Exchange and chairs its Corporate Practices Committee.

She is an active participant in the U.S. – Mexico CEO Dialogue and the Inter-American Dialogue, and serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the American Chamber of Commerce Mexico, the Mexican Natural Gas Association, and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.

“Tania’s extensive experience and exemplary leadership will continue to drive our growth strategy and commitment to facilitate a responsible energy transition, guided by our vision of delivering energy for a better world,” Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure, said in the statement.

LNG export projects

Sempra Infrastructure recently won regulatory approval from the US FERC for the second phase of the Port Arthur LNG export project in Texas.

The proposed project includes the addition of two liquefaction trains capable of producing up to 13 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG.

Sempra Infrastructure took a final investment decision on March 20 for the first phase of its Port Arthur LNG export project worth about $13 billion.

The first phase of the Port Arthur LNG project will have two trains with a total capacity of about 13 Mtpa and two storage tanks with a capacity of 160,000 cbm.

Bird said during Sempra’s second-quarter earnings call last month that the company has made “significant progress” on its LNG strategy and “are very bullish on both Port Arthur Phase 2 and Cameron Phase 2 moving forward next year.”

Earlier this year, Sempra secured approval from the FERC for its revised expansion plans for the Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana.

Cameron LNG operates the existing three-train 12 mtpa liquefaction facility and is owned by Sempra Infrastructure and its partners.

Under the expansion, Sempra and its partners aim to build the fourth train with a capacity of about 6.75 mtpa.

In Mexico, Sempra Infrastructure and TotalEnergies are adding natural gas liquefaction capabilities to the Energia Costa Azul (ECA) LNG import terminal, located north of Ensenada in Baja California.

Sempra Infrastructure received approval in December last year to send US natural gas via pipelines to its two liquefaction terminals in Mexico and ship it to non-free trade agreement nations.

The second phase of the company’s ECA LNG plant and the planed Vista Pacifico terminal received authorization from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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