Energy & Environment

Freeport LNG to resume operations in the fall

Operations halted in June when an over-pressurized pipeline caused an explosion, resulting in the facility being shutdown.

Freeport LNG

Freeport LNG will resume limited operations in October after it was shut down for an explosion in June.

Freeport, a liquefied natural gas terminal located off the Texas Gulf, said it entered into a consent agreement with the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that would require Freeport go through corrective measures in order to receive PHMSA approval to resume operations in the fall.

“Freeport LNG continues to believe that it can complete the necessary corrective measures, along with the applicable repair and restoration activities, in order to resume initial operations in early October,” it said in a statement.

Continued operations will include three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks and one LNG loading dock.

Freeport must also evaluate its training, process safety management, operations and maintenance procedure improvements, and facility inspections.

Freeport LNG is the country's second largest exporter of liquefied natural gas; it supplies roughly 20% of the country's LNG exports, primarily to Europe and Asia. But operations halted in June when an over-pressurized pipeline caused an explosion, resulting in the facility being shutdown.

The initial restart will have the plant exporting enough liquefied natural gas to satisfy existing customer contracts.
Full operations aren’t expected to resume until later this year.

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