Sempra energy, a San Diego based company, is planning on building the new facility in connection with their already existing facility in Cameron. The $6 billion dollar agreement was signed yesterday and construction will start next year.

This means new jobs will be coming to the state, including 130 direct jobs with an average salary of $80,000 plus benefits. This site will also call for 610 indirect jobs and over 3,000 jobs during the construction phase of the project.

Governor Jindal said, “Sempra’s decision to move forward in developing a new LNG export terminal in Louisiana is great news for our state and our people. With expanded natural gas production from the Haynesville Shale and other shale plays, companies are recognizing what a great place Louisiana is for energy investments because of our abundant, reliable supply of natural gas and because of our strong business climate. Facilities like this will help support thousands of jobs in the energy industry across our state and will ensure quality jobs for Louisiana families for years to come.”

Discussions for this project have been in the works since last year and the company pursued federal approval to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement nations. They received that permit approval in January from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Also, Sempra and its existing facility subsidiary have pre-filed an application for environmental review of the project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption Program incentives on the project.