Sempra Infrastructure believes that building strong relationships and supporting the communities where its employees live and work, is fundamental to how it does business.
Port Arthur LNG is dedicated to building a world-class facility that could provide abundant, clean, reliable and affordable U.S. natural gas to the world, but equally important are the relationships, partnerships and positive impact we make in the community along the way.
“We are excited to move forward with construction of Port Arthur LNG Phase 1,” said Justin Bird, CEO, Sempra Infrastructure. “This project is expected to not only support the local economy but also strengthen the position of the U.S. natural gas sector as a reliable partner in building energy security in Europe and the rest of the world.”
Since 2015, Port Arthur LNG has invested more than $40 million to support Jefferson County communities, including working with local vendors to procure materials and services for the relocation of a 3.5-mile portion of Highway 87 and on grants to more than 60 local non-profits, schools and business development groups.
Our initiatives in the community align with our values of championing people, doing the right thing, and shaping the future. In 2022, we invested more than $390,000 with 62 community partners to support economic prosperity and leadership development, education – science, technology and innovation, engineering and math (STEM), emergency preparedness and safety, and environmental stewardship.
By partnering with local organizations and leadership, we maintain our commitment to making a positive difference in our communities.
Port Arthur LNG has recently partnered with the Port Arthur News for the Environmental Champions initiative. The initiative will provide grants to local nonprofit organizations to fund environmental projects, programs, or efforts that benefit the Port Arthur, Sabine Pass and immediate neighboring communities in Jefferson County.
A Boost to Local Economies
Making a positive economic impact in the areas where we operate is an important part of what we do.
In 2022, the relocation of a 3.5-mile portion of Highway 87 between the Intracoastal Waterway and Keith Lake Pass was completed, meeting the rigorous Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) standards and with more than 1.7 million hours worked without a recordable safety incident.
Over $40 million was invested with 35 local vendors in Jefferson County communities to procure needed materials and services. The new road, which was relocated away from its close proximity to the channel, now provides a safer route for local residents.
Port Arthur LNG is expected to be a multibillion-dollar infrastructure investment that could support manufacturing, small businesses and the local community by creating thousands of jobs.
The Port Arthur LNG project is more than just a critical infrastructure project that helps to secure lower-carbon energy. Port Arthur LNG’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner Bechtel, is also committed to making a positive difference in the community by supporting the creation of 5,000 highly skilled jobs along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as providing education and training – such as Bechtel’s comprehensive Apprenticeship Program for key construction crafts programs.
Local craft professionals can take advantage of upskilling opportunities and supervisors can enroll in leadership training, while women in construction are targeted through a dedicated trainee program and ex-military personnel through partnerships with veterans’ organizations. Bechtel also partners with local community colleges for upskilling programs for piping and welding trades.
“The best way that we can manage our workforce is to give people career choices and longevity, not just a job,” said Paul Marsden, President of Bechtel Energy. “A skilled workforce paves the way for long-term employment and will boost the regional economy for years to come.”
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