Sempra to focus on Vista Pacifico LNG export project in Mexico

US energy firm Sempra is continuing to work on LNG export projects and now plans to focus on its new liquefaction development in Mexico named Vista Pacifico LNG.

Sempra is already building the 3.25 mtpa Costa Azul LNG export project in Mexico after it took a final investment decision on the development in November last year.

The firm also plans to build the fourth 6 mtpa train at its Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana. It also aims to develop the Port Arthur liquefaction project in Texas.

Besides Costa Azul and Cameron LNG expansion facilities, Sempra plans to focus on the Vista Pacifico LNG project located adjacent to Topolobampo refined products terminal.

Justin Bird, chief executive of Sempra Infrastructure told analysts during an earnings call on Friday that the ECA LNG Phase 1 project in Mexico “is on time and on budget and we continue to expect first LNG production by the end of 2024.”

As per the Cameron expansion, he said the company plans to “move to feed early next year to file an amendment with FERC to build Train 4 with electric drives in order to reduce Scope 1 emissions and to work closely with our partners as we advance toward FID.”

Mid-scale facility with two existing pipelines

Bird also said that Sempra was working on the 4 mtpa Vista Pacifico LNG export project.

“This new project is expected to be a mid-scale facility connected to two existing pipelines, one of them being the high pressure pipeline system we own in Sonora. The project would source lower cost natural gas from the Permian Basin for export to high demand Asian markets,” he said.

Sempra’s CEO Jeffrey Martin said the Topolobampo project would be “very similar in scale to ECA Phase 1, kind of in that 3 to 4 million tonnes per annum size.”

“It definitely can jump ahead of Port Arthur,” he said.

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