The groundbreaking ceremony for the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project in Port Arthur, Texas, marked a significant milestone for Sempra Infrastructure’s contribution to the energy transition and global energy demand. While the project commenced shortly after Sempra Infrastructure’s positive final investment decision nearly one year ago, this event symbolised a notable advancement in the project’s progress.

Distinguished guests, including partners, customers, government officials, community leaders, and employees, gathered to commemorate the occasion, highlighting the collaborative efforts that have propelled the project forward. Safety, sustainability, and innovation in LNG technology were central themes of the celebration, reaffirming Sempra Infrastructure’s commitment to environmental stewardship and community investment.

Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure and executive vice president at Sempra, articulated the strategic significance of the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project in the global energy transition. He underscored its role in enhancing energy reliability and security, particularly for U.S. allies, while providing a cleaner alternative to traditional hydrocarbons.

Tania Ortiz Mena, president of Sempra Infrastructure, lauded the invaluable support of the local community in reaching the project’s construction milestone. She emphasised the project’s positive impact on the local economy through initiatives focused on local hiring, procurement, and social investment partnerships with community-based organisations.

Acknowledgement was also extended to key contributors, including Brendan Bechtel, chairman and CEO of Bechtel, the engineering, procurement, and construction company pivotal in ensuring the project remains on budget and schedule.

Together, Sempra Infrastructure and Bechtel have made significant strides in job creation and local economic stimulation, with over 1,000 construction and office staff hired, including more than 580 local hires from the greater Port Arthur area. Bechtel’s engagement with over 100 local vendors, totalling more than $160 million in local contracts, further underscores the project’s positive impact on the regional economy.

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27th March 2024