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Port Arthur Pipeline Announces Binding Open Season for Additional Capacity on Texas Connector Project

September 16, 2020 3:44 pm

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16, 2020 – Port Arthur Pipeline, a subsidiary of Sempra LNG, today announced the start of a binding open season to solicit bids for firm natural gas transportation service on the company’s incremental firm capacity of the proposed Texas Connector project facilities.

The approximately 34.2-mile Texas Connector project, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will consist of two segments of 42-inch diameter pipeline: the 7.6-mile Texas Connector South Segment, extending from the proposed Port Arthur LNG liquefaction facility to interconnections with the facilities of interstate pipelines in Cameron Parish, La.; and the 26.6-mile Texas Connector North Segment extending from the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction facility to interconnections with the facilities of Houston Pipeline Company, Texas Eastern Transmission, and Florida Gas Transmission Company, as well as underground storage facilities in Jefferson County, Texas.

As currently approved, the full 1.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) capacity of the Texas Connector project has been subscribed. However, due to changes in the upstream interconnections and flow assumptions, it is anticipated that an additional 1.15 Bcfd of capacity may be made available on the Texas Connector North Segment.

The open season bid period began at 8 a.m. CT on Sept. 16, 2020 and will end at 5 p.m. CT on Sept. 30, 2020. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their written request to jdiemer@SempraGlobal.com. More information can be found on the Port Arthur Pipeline’s project website at http://sempralng.com/port-arthur-pipeline/.

About Sempra LNG

Sempra LNG’s mission is to be North America’s premier LNG infrastructure company by providing sustainable, safe and reliable access to U.S. natural gas for global markets. Sempra LNG owns a 50.2% interest in Cameron LNG, a 12 million tonnes per annum export facility operating in Hackberry, Louisiana and is currently developing additional LNG export facilities on the Gulf Coast and Pacific Coast of North America through Cameron LNG expansion, Port Arthur LNG in Texas and Energía Costa Azul LNG in Mexico. Through our disciplined value creation process, Sempra LNG evaluates expansion opportunities at each of these locations and other infrastructure investments along the LNG value chain.  

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These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and on the company’s website at www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.

Sempra LNG, Cameron LNG, Port Arthur LNG and ECA LNG are not the same company as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra LNG, Cameron LNG, Port Arthur LNG and ECA LNG are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.