US Regulator OKs Freeport LNG Completion of Phase 1 Restart

(Reuters) — The U.S. energy regulator on Wednesday granted Freeport LNG's request to return to service the last of its three gas liquefaction units and phase 1 facilities at its export plant in Texas.

Freeport LNG's marine dock on the Texas Gulf Coast. (Photo: Freeport LNG)

In February, the LNG export facility, the second-biggest in the U.S., started to exit an eight-month outage that was caused by a fire in June 2022, and restarted its second liquefaction unit last week.

See also: US LNG Exports Flat Despite Freeport LNG Partial Restart

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order said Freeport can only produce LNG up to the maximum authorized capacity of 782 Bcf per year, or about 2.14 Bcf/d.

Earlier this week, FERC had sought more information from the LNG export company to evaluate its request for its phase 1 restart, which includes three liquefaction units, two storage tanks, and one LNG loading dock.

Refinitiv Eikon data last week showed that the Freeport LNG plant is on track to pull in about 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from pipelines, reflecting the start of the second of its three trains. 

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