DOE authorizes more exports from Freeport LNG project

The US Department of Energy authorized additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Texas. The May 28 order said the project’s sponsors can export the equivalent of 262.8 bcfd of gas from the terminal’s proposed Train 4 to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US where US laws or policies do not prohibit trade.

May 29th, 2019

The US Department of Energy authorized additional exports of domestically produced natural gas from the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Texas. The May 28 order said the project’s sponsors can export the equivalent of 262.8 bcfd of gas from the terminal’s proposed Train 4 to countries not having a free-trade agreement with the US where US laws or policies do not prohibit trade.

DOE’s Fossil Energy Office also issued a finding of no significant impact in conjunction with the action.

Before the announcement, Freeport LNG Expansion LP and FLNG Liquefaction 4 LLC—collectively FLEX4—received DOE approval for exports from the first three liquefaction trains at the terminal near Freeport, Tex., DOE said. The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved FLEX4’s application to site, construct, and operate the fourth Freeport LNG train in May (OGJ Online, May 17, 2019).

The first Freeport liquefaction train is expected to begin commercial exports later this year, DOE said.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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