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Natural Gas January 24, 2023 07:06:09 AM

Freeport LNG Awaits Approval for Texas Export Terminal Restart

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Freeport LNG urged the authorities to provide a response by Tuesday.
Freeport LNG Awaits Approval for Texas Export Terminal Restart

SEATTLE (Oil Monster): Houston-based Freeport LNG Development LP has sought approval from federal regulators to allow restart of preliminary works at the 2.38 Bcf/d  Texas terminal.

The company has requested permission to begin reintroducing liquefied natural gas through its Loop 1 system connected to its dock, says Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filings. The company was held responsible for the explosion that took place at the export facility in June last year, after which it has been idled till date. The plant had accounted for nearly 15% of total LNG exports by the U.S.

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Freeport LNG urged the authorities to provide a response by Tuesday. Upon receiving nod, it plans to commence a 11-day process to cool down its transfer piping so that it can move LNG to dock one and restart boil-off gas (BOG) management, as a first step in resuming normal operations at the facility, noted Mark Mallet, CEO of the company. This will allow the company to restart liquefaction equipment and other parts of the facility in the first week of February, he added.

The company had initially planned to complete repair and improvement work at the facility by December last year, but was forced to postpone the restart date several times, due to delay in obtaining regulatory approval.

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