Freeport LNG has been given the go-ahead to begin gas flows into its first liquefaction train for commissioning purposes.
The terminal, located south of Houston, will be the sixth major LNG export facility to begin operations in the US when it starts production, after Kinder Morgan said on 17th July that liquefaction was underway at its Elba facility in Georgia (see page 2).
There were gas flows observed to all six facilities on 19th July, totaling about 6.5 bill cu ft per day, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics data.
In a note to Freeport LNG, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said the operator can now introduce hazardous fluids for the commissioning of Train 1 and associated utility systems.
However, it must apply for and receive separate permission to place the unit into service.
"In order to demonstrate the progress in testing needed to show that the facilities can safely and reliably operate at or near the design production rate specified in the commission order, Freeport LNG shall file weekly reports on the ongoing commissioning activities once LNG is produced from Train 1 until the commission authorises commencement of service," FERC said.
Earlier this month, Freeport LNG had said that the first commissioning cargo would be ready to load in August.