Freeport LNG Development LP now has until August 2028 to complete the fourth train at its export facility on the Upper Texas coast after FERC granted an authorization extension for its expansion project.

In an order published Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agreed that the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting supply chain issues had severely hindered Freeport LNG’s development efforts, but the firm made good faith efforts to progress the project (No. CP17-470-002).

“Freeport LNG anticipates a minimum 48-56 month construction period, which makes it impossible for Freeport LNG to meet its current deadline of May 17, 2026,” FERC staff wrote in the order.

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