Freeport gets permission to restart last train

Thursday, 16 March 2023
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Last week, Freeport LNG Development received regulatory approvals from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to restart Train 1.

This is the last one of Freeport LNG's three train liquefaction facility to receive restart authorisation, since a fire closed the export facility down in June of last year.

Freeport LNG's Trains 2 & 3 recently returned to full commercial operation, reaching production levels in excess of 1.5 bill cubic feet per day, the company claimed.

As the recommissioning of Freeport's liquefaction facility continues and trains are restarted, changes in feed gas flows and production rates are to be anticipated, given the duration of the plant's outage.

A conservative ramp-up profile to establish full three-train production is anticipated in the next few weeks.

Freeport LNG’s three train 15 mill tonnes per annum liquefaction facility is the seventh largest in the world and second largest in the US.

It is also the largest all-electric drive motor plant of its type in the world, making it the most environmentally sustainable site of its kind, Freeport said.

The electric drive motors reduce carbon emissions by over 90%, compared to gas turbine-driven liquefaction facilities.

Freeport has also said that it plans to expand the export plant by adding a fourth liquefaction train, which has received all regulatory approvals for construction. 

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