Sempra Energy (SRE) said its Cameron LNG project in Louisiana has shipped its first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas from the export project.

The commissioning cargo is a step in the start-up process and will support stabilizing production and performance testing. Commercial operations from the facility will begin after Cameron LNG receives authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is expected in mid-2019.

Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG. The remainder of the project is owned by Total (TOT), OTC-listed Mitsui & Co., and Japan LNG Investment, a company jointly owned by OTC-listed Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

Cameron is one of five LNG export projects Sempra Energy is developing in North America.