FERC has given Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC the green light to place into service its Phase II import terminal operations.

Phase II commissioning activities and performance tests of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal were completed in late April, according to the Houston-based company. This phase entailed the cooling down of three LNG holding tanks, as well as the commissioning of pipeline and associated infrastructure facilities within the terminal, a spokesman said.

The terminal's Phase I commissioning and performance tests were completed in early March. This phase, which began last October, included the commissioning of two LNG holding tanks. With the commissioning phases now completed, Golden Pass has the capability to send out up to 2.5 Bcf/d of regasified LNG.

The $1 billion terminal, which is considered one of the largest in the world, is located in Sabine Pass, TX, just south of Port Arthur. It opened in 2010 after three years of construction.

The terminal is owned 70% by Qatar Petroleum International, the international arm of Qatar Petroleum, with the remainder owned by ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips.

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