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    US regulator approves continued Freeport LNG restart


Second train poised for return to service but second dock and third storage tank still idle. [Image credit: Freeport LNG]

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US regulator approves continued Freeport LNG restart

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued authorisations February 21 for Freeport LNG to continue its restart with the resumption of liquefaction at Train 2.

FERC approved the commissioning of Train 3 in early February and last week approved commercial operations of Train 3, two of three storage tanks and one of two LNG loading berths at the three-train, 15mn metric tons/year facility on Quintana Island in Texas.


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The latest approval allows commissioning work at Train 2 to begin but does not allow for Train 1, the third storage tank or the second loading berth to be returned to service.

“The restart and return to service of Freeport LNG’s third liquefaction train will require subsequent regulatory approval once certain operational conditions are met,” Freeport LNG said in a statement. “A conservative ramp-up profile to establish three-train production of approximately 2bn ft3/day is anticipated to occur over the next several weeks as stable operation of each incremental train is established and maintained.”

The second LNG berth and the third storage tank, the company said, are expected to be returned to service in May.