President Trump at Cameron LG facility
President Trump with Sempra Energy executives at the Cameron LG facility. White House photo

President Trump flew to Louisiana on Tuesday to tour a new Sempra Energy plant that has begun liquefying U.S. natural gas for export.

Trump arrived at Sempra’s Cameron LNG Export Terminal at 11:20 a.m. California time for a brief tour, followed by remarks about U.S. energy infrastructure and economic growth.

“Workers like you are lighting up our homes, powering our factories and reducing costs for hard-working American families,” he told assembled workers.

The President said America is becoming energy independent thanks to recent investments and dismissed the Democrat-sponsored Green New Deal as a “hoax.

He then left for a political fundraiser outside New Orleans before flying back to Washington.

San Diego-based Sempra announced earlier Tuesday that the $10 billion plant has begun liquefying gas and the first loading of ships would occur in coming weeks.

“Reaching this important milestone of first LNG production is truly a credit to the team at Cameron LNG and the work they’ve done to reach this point,” said Lisa Glatch, chief operating officer of Sempra LNG. “Cameron LNG expects to load cargoes in the coming weeks — another major step forward to bringing cleaner, affordable energy to global markets.”

The plant in the town of Hackberry, which is on the Gulf of Mexico between Houston and New Orleans, will be able to export approximately 12 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually.

It’s one of five export projects Sempra is developing in North America to export gas produced by the boom in U.S. fracking.

Updated at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.