Working with the US Coast Guard, Sempra Energy has implemented a new ‘non-contact’ procedure for loading LNG at the Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry, Louisiana to operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic
Loading a ship with LNG cargo traditionally requires person-to-person contact in both confined and non-confined areas of the LNG cargo ship for 24 hours or more, involving on average 14 people from both the ship and shore tasked with executing commercial documents.
Under Cameron LNG’s newly implemented procedure, only four Cameron LNG personnel need to go on board the ship and work with only two ship crew for less than four hours – fewer than one-third the number of people and only 15% of the contact time. Enhanced equipment disinfecting, health screening and required use of personal protection equipment further reduces the potential for transmission of Covid-19, increasing the safety of both Cameron LNG employees and LNG ship’s crew, explained Sempra Energy.
Digitalisation is also figured into the new procedures. Sempra LNG said the team at Cameron LNG is working to further improve this new process by incorporating additional technology like loanable mobile high-speed internet hotspots for LNG ships and cloud-based tools that could further streamline the document process.
In May, Cameron LNG’s third train began producing LNG, with commercial operations set to begin in Q3 2020. This would complete the first phase of development at the 12-mta Cameron LNG.
Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG (50.2% interest), Total, Mitsui & Co, and Japan LNG Investment, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.
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