San Diego-based Sempra Energy is targeting summer of 2025 as the commercial operations date for its 3.25 mtpa (0.43 Bcf/d) nameplate capacity Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG Phase 1 project, located in Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. The project will source U.S. gas.

Gas will be delivered to ECA LNG Phase 1 with the completion of the GRO pipeline expansion, which will have a capacity of 0.5 Bcf/d, Sempra said Feb. 27 in its fourth quarter 2023 earnings release.

Sempra’s Houston-based affiliate Sempra Infrastructure has an 100% ownership interest in the pipeline.

ECA Phase 1 will consist of one 3.25 mtpa train with an initial offtake capacity of 2.5 mtpa (0.33 Bcf/d), according to Sempra Infrastructure, which has an 83.4% working interest in the project. France’s TotalEnergies has a 16.6% working interest in the project.

ECA LNG Phase 2

A second phase of ECA LNG is also planned and will have 12 mtpa of export capacity.

Sempra Infrastructure has already signed a heads of agreement with Houston-based ConocoPhillips and memorandums of understanding with TotalEnergies and Japan’s Mitsui.

ECA LNG Phase 2, like ECA LNG Phase 1, will also source gas from the U.S.