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Freeport LNG Seeks Approval to Begin Restart of 2.38 Bcf/d Facility
After months of repair work and documentation, Freeport LNG Development LP has formally asked federal regulators to allow preliminary work to restart the 2.38 Bcf/d terminal, according to FERC filings.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff published Monday a request submitted by the Houston-based company requesting permission to begin reintroducing liquefied natural gas through its Loop 1 system connected to its dock. The Texas facility has been idled since a June explosion investigators have said could have originated with Freeport’s LNG transfer equipment between its storage area and dock.
In its request, Freeport asked that FERC staff provide a response by Tuesday. If granted, the company could then begin an 11-day process to cool down its transfer piping so that it can move LNG to dock one and restart boil-off gas (BOG) management.
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“Having completed the foregoing, Freeport hereby respectfully requests authorization to cool down the Loop 1 LNG transfer piping and reinstate BOG management as its initial step to resuming normal operations at the export facility,” the firm wrote in a request signed by COO Mark Mallett.
The timeline of the process could mean activities to restart liquefaction equipment and other parts of the facility could follow in the first week of February.
The company previously said it could finish repair and improvement work at the facility in December, but has pushed its timeline for restart back several times to accommodate for a potential delay in regulatory approval. Its restart target has moved from mid-November to currently late January, according to the latest statement from the firm.
It has submitted a flurry of supplemental reports to regulators since the beginning of the year, including two filed Monday.
At least four LNG vessels chartered by BP plc, German utility RWE AG and South Korean firm SK Group have declared Freeport LNG as a destination with estimated arrivals at the end of January, according to data from Kpler.
Before being knocked offline last summer, the plant had been providing roughly 15% of U.S. LNG exports.
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