On October 23rd, approximately 300 people gathered in Hackberry, Louisiana, near the Gulf of Mexico, to celebrate an opening ceremony for the new Cameron Liquefaction Project.
U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were joined by U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, as well as numerous state legislators, for the occasion. From Japan, many executives and staff members of the collaborating companies, including Chiyoda International Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & CO., LTD., and Nihon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line also participated. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation, which is supporting the project, was represented by the Executive Managing Director, Mr. Yashima.
Consul-General Takaoka and Consul Iwata from the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, and Deputy Consul-General Iryu from Cosulate General of Japan in Nashville, attended the ceremony as representatives of the Government of Japan. (link to his speech)
Under this project, it is expected that LNG exports to Japan will begin sometime in 2018. Construction of the LNG facility, being managed by Chiyoda International Corporation, is expected to create 3,000 new jobs.