A Gift to Cameron

Lighthouse Bend Cameron Restaurant Development

When Venture Global LNG began designing its Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal on a 900-acre site in Cameron, they looked at the Parish’s existing plans for transforming the area by creating a marina and restaurant, an exhibition center and new business spaces so Cameron could have the quality-of-life amenities they deserve.

So "Venture" suggested a bold move. Why not make a gift to the citizens of Cameron Parish of a parcel of land right there on Davis Road? Why not build a new RV resort and a new-and-improved boat launch on the land? Why not preserve the marshland for people to enjoy? But also, why not build a brand new, major restaurant and pleasure marina to improve the quality of life for residents, visitors and workers while creating new  business and jobs? The buildings are to be owned by Cameron Parish and leased to you.

Lighthouse Bend is the answer. What a great way for you to make money, create jobs and change lives in the process!

Natural Gas, and the Ship Channel

Naturally suited — that, in a nutshell, describes why Louisiana is the center of America's petrochemical business. Our location on the Gulf, where beneath the sea floor are the largest deposits of oil and gas, is the primary reason there are 125,000 miles of pipeline in Louisiana1 while most of the state's offshore oil platforms are in the central Gulf, most natural gas platforms are in the western Gulf. And where do most of those natural gas pipelines come ashore? Cameron, to feed the nation.

The Ship Channel

And, if you're interested, the Calcasieu Ship Channel was built a century ago, both to deepen and straighten the Calcasieu River to create a major port in Lake Charles, opened in 1926. This created Monkey Island, just across the old river. It also destroyed the Calcasieu Lighthouse, a boilerplate iron lighthouse built in 1876 and in operation until 1939. Because the lighthouse would sit right in the middle of the new ship channel (literally a stone's throw from the restaurant!), it was cut up and removed. 

A Brief History of LNG

Decades ago, industry began storing natural gas, cooled to a liquid state (about-260°F) in massive above-ground tanks engineered to withstand the pressures created.2 In fact, Trunkline LNG (now called Lake Charles LNG), located a few miles north of Cameron Parish, was built 45 years ago to import natural gas from other countries like Africa to supply America's energy needs. But with the invention of new extraction technologies, the nation now has more than enough and can export the product overseas in specially designed ocean tankers. Many companies are applying for permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") to build LNG export facilities. These applications take years and millions of dollars of pre-construction investment just to be granted a license to proceed.

At Present

There are only two LNG export facilities in operation in Cameron Parish (and two others operating in Louisiana). There are SEVEN other LNG projects planned for Cameron Parish alone! Venture Global Calcasieu Pass received FERC's Authorization to Proceed with construction in February 2019, so engineering and construction of infrastructure is underway. Commissioning and permanent operations are expected to begin in 2021.

Why are we calling the development "Lighthouse Bend"?

When the Calcasieu Ship Channel was built beginning a century ago to connect the Gulf to the port in Lake Charles, the final piece was to cut straight across the final bend in the river at Cameron in 1940. The channel dredging created present-day Monkey Island and also required removal of the Calcasieu Lighthouse, first lit in 1876. Cameron Parish is also home to the Sabine Pass Lighthouse, about 38 miles west. There’s a bronze historical marker near our development on Davis Road and Lighthouse Bend sits on the eastern shore of that same bend in the Calcasieu River, the “Old River”, or as locals call it, “The Loop.”

  1. http://www.lmoga.com/industry-sectors/pipelines/
  2. Natural gas and oil are also stored underground in salt domes or caverns, and there are plenty of sites in Louisiana for that. In fact, two of the nation’s four Strategic Petroleum Reserve sites are also located here in Louisiana (in Cameron Parish and Bayou Choctaw) and two in Texas.