TotalEnergies has confirmed that a deal has been agreed to expand the capacity of the Sempra Infrastructure-led Cameron LNG facility on the US Gulf Coast, targeting a final investment decision next year and with Europe being the prime export market.

The investment decision — made together with its US and Japanese project partners — comes as Europe is scouring the world looking for sources of gas to replace Russian piped gas and coal imports.

The move follows TotalEnergies’ investments in the Yamal LNG and Arctic 2 LNG projects in northern Russia and Japanese investment in LNG facilities in Russia’s far east were thrown into disarray by sanctions imposed on the Russian government after the invasion of Ukraine.