The US Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a short-term order to Freeport LNG, under development at Quintana Island in Texas, to export up to 2.14 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas as LNG over a two-year period to both free-trade and non-free trade agreement countries.
“This order authorizes Freeport’s initial commissioning volumes and other exports pursuant to short-term contracts. During this two-year authorization period, Freeport will be able to export LNG to any country not prohibited by US law or policy,” the DoE said, adding: “The two-year export term will become effective on the date of the commencement of the Freeport facility’s first export of LNG, currently projected to be in the third quarter of 2019.”
Start of commissioning of Freeport Train-1 received FERC approval in August. Freeport LNG is currently building three liquefaction Trains and has entered the permit process with the FERC to build a fourth Train.
The first three Trains will be brought on stream in 2019 and will have a combined 15.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of output. About 13.4 mtpa of that capacity has been contracted under use-or-pay liquefaction tolling agreements with BP, Uniper as well as JERA and Osaka Gas.