Entergy to weigh renewable energy options to power LNG export facility expansion

Sempra Infrastructure signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Entergy Louisiana to develop renewable energy to power Sempra Infrastructure’s facilities in the state, including the Cameron LNG liquefied natural gas export facility. 

Entergy said that a proposed expansion of the export facility could represent additional renewable energy capacity of around 900 MW.

Under terms of the non-binding MOU, the two companies will collaborate on developing options for renewable energy procurement for Sempra Infrastructure facilities. Any projects would be subject to approval of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and, with respect to Cameron LNG, its joint venture partners. The MOU also provides for collaboration to potentially reduce methane emissions upstream of Sempra Infrastructure facilities.

Sempra Infrastructure owns a 50.2% interest in Cameron LNG, a 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) liquefied natural gas export facility. It is working with its joint venture partners to develop a potential facility expansion to send more natural gas into global markets.

The proposed expansion would include an additional liquefaction train with an offtake capacity of around 6.75 Mtpa. It would use electric compression, equivalent to adding around 300 MW of demand to the Entergy Louisiana system, Sempra Infrastructure said.   

In 2021, Entergy announced plans to triple its renewable energy portfolio over three years, as well as achieve 11 GW of renewable energy by 2030.

Sempra Infrastructure owns natural gas infrastructure in Louisiana and is developing a natural gas storage facility and a carbon sequestration facility in southwest Louisiana.

In late August, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane, leaving around 1 million Entergy customers without power. Transmission lines serving New Orleans were damaged, and statewide around 2,000 miles of the utility’s transmission infrastructure was out of service.

Cooperating utilities in the southwestern part of the state were also hard hit by the storm, which made landfall 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck.

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