Sempra U.S. Gas & Power opens regional headquarters in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), announced that it has established a new regional headquarters in Greenville, S.C.

The office will support existing natural gas operations, as well as lead new business development throughout the Southeast region with a focus on energy infrastructure and services. Approximately 40 employees are expected to be based in Greenville.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina when we can welcome a world-class energy company like Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to the Palmetto State. We celebrate the company’s decision to open a regional headquarters in Greenville and create 40 new jobs. Announcements like this one show we are on the right track with our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Expanding our natural gas business in the Southeast is a strategic priority as consumer and industrial demand for this clean, reliable fuel continues to rapidly grow,” said Mike Gallagher, regional president of natural gas for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.  “Basing our natural gas operations in Greenville brings us closer to our existing customers and positions the company to take better advantage of the evolving market opportunities in the region.”

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power companies currently operate two natural gas distribution utilities in Alabama and Mississippi, along with natural gas pipelines and more than 30 billion cubic feet of underground natural gas storage throughout the Gulf Coast.  It has more than 2,100 megawatts of natural gas, solar and wind generation operating or under construction in the U.S.  Sempra subsidiaries also operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and are permitting a new liquefaction facility in Louisiana with a total export capability of 12 million tons per annum of LNG, or approximately 1.7 Bcf per day.

“South Carolina has a growing and diverse energy sector and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s decision to locate operations in Greenville builds on that. Every one of these new jobs will have impact in Greenville and we look forward to Sempra’s success here in the Palmetto State,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s decision to establish a regional headquarters here is further evidence of the quality economic environment provided to organizations seeking to locate or expand in this area,” said Greenville Area Development Corporation Chairman Chris Riley. “This is a progressive and respected company known across America for its innovation and technology. Their selection of Greenville County validates that we continue on the right path in our corporate recruiting initiatives.”

“The decision by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to locate in the heart of downtown Greenville proves that quality companies will seek out the right environment in which to grow and thrive,” said City of Greenville Mayor Knox White. “Sempra will be a valued and appreciated member of our community, and we’re pleased to welcome them here.”