San Diego-based Sempra Energy said some 300 community and business leaders turned out for the Oct. 23 groundbreaking ceremony in Hackberry, La., for its Cameron $10 billion liquid natural gas export facility.

Sempra’s partners on the Cameron project are GDF Suez SA, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corp., but Sempra’s the 50.2 percent owner.

When the project begins operating in 2019, it will have the export capacity of 12 million tonnes annually of liquefied natural gas, or about 1.7 billion cubic feet daily.

During peak construction, the LNG facility will employ about 3,000 workers, and when operating, will create 200 full-time jobs in Louisiana and Texas, the company said.