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    Freeport seeks FERC approval to resume LNG loading


Loading from one berth would provide tank space ahead of return to full commercial operations. [Image credit: Freeport LNG]

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Freeport seeks FERC approval to resume LNG loading

Freeport LNG has requested authorisation from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to return its Loop 1 LNG system to service, which would give it the ability to dock and load LNG ships from its Dock 1 LNG berth.

In a February 2 filing with the commission, Freeport noted that approvals had been received in late January to begin cooldown operations of the Loop 1 LNG transfer piping and reinstate its boil off gas (BOG) management systems, both of which have progressed “safely and successfully.”


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“As final cooldown and re-inventorying of LNG within the Loop 1 piping is obtained, initial LNG circulation and normal pump operation can be established,” Freeport notes in its filing. “At that point, Freeport will be in a position to recommence normal LNG ship dockage and loading operations out of its Dock 1 LNG berth.”

Initial loading from Dock 1 will allow for the creation of inventory space in tanks 1 and 2, it said, in anticipation of receiving agency authorisations to return Train 3 to commercial operations.

“Freeport notes that any authorization pursuant to this request will be limited to LNG circulation in Loop 1 and the ability to dock and load LNG ships from its Dock 1 LNG berth,” the filing said. “A subsequent approval will be necessary to transition (Train 3) into full, commercial operations.”

Freeport has asked that FERC respond to its latest request by February 3.