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    Freeport pushes Texas LNG export plant restart to year end

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Restart still dependent on receipt of certain regulatory approvals. [Image credit: Freeport LNG]

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Freeport pushes Texas LNG export plant restart to year end

Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Freeport LNG said on Friday it expects to restart its Texas LNG export plant around the end of the year, pending regulatory approval.

In November, the company said it was on track to restart the plant, the second-biggest U.S. LNG export facility, in mid December.

Freeport shut on June 8 after an explosion that energy consultants said was the result of human error, inadequate operating and testing procedures and other factors.

"We received (on Thursday) several key approvals from the regulatory agencies that allow us to complete certain critical repairs and commence reinstatement of certain systems," Freeport LNG spokesperson Heather Browne told Reuters in an email.

"Based upon current progress, and subject to us continuing to meet necessary regulatory requirements, we now anticipate that the restart of our liquefaction facility to be achieved around year end," Browne said.

(Reporting by Kavya Guduru in Bengaluru and Scott DiSavino in New York)