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Freeport LNG Ready to Introduce Feed Gas to Train 3 For First Time in Months
Freeport LNG Development LP has requested FERC’s approval to reintroduce feed gas to one of its three trains more than seven months after a fire and explosion knocked the Texas plant offline.
In a filing on Monday, Freeport also said that it has successfully cooled down its Loop 1 transfer piping so it can move liquefied natural gas to one of its docks and reinstated boil-off gas management at the facility. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted permission for those steps last week.
Freeport also asked in this week’s filing for permission to cool down the main rundown line that extends from the liquefaction trains to the LNG tank area. It also wants to cool down other parts of the rundown system, including recirculation lines and branch segments.
Reintroducing hydrocarbons to the third liquefaction train would include flowing treated natural gas from the facility’s pretreatment facility through its feed gas pipeline into the export facility.
The work it has completed and the latest requests put the facility on track to restart operations as early as February, but many analysts have recently projected a March restart.
The 2.38 Bcf/d facility, which accounted for 15% of U.S. exports before the June incident, has been idled since the fire. Federal regulators suggested that it likely originated in the LNG transfer equipment.
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