US regulator will allow Freeport LNG to resume some operations in October

Freeport LNG will be allowed by the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to resume some operations in October. Freeport LNG in Quintana, Texas is the second-largest US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter

Freeport LNG shut the plant, which supplies about 20% of U.S. LNG exports, following an explosion and fire on June 8th.

The operator reached a consent agreement with the PHMSA that included corrective measures the company must take to allow it to resume partial operations. Freeport LNG said that it was “evaluating and advancing initiatives related to training, process safety management, operations and maintenance procedure improvements, and facility inspections”.

The explosion in June was the result of an over-pressurized pipeline.

The initial restart will include three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks and one LNG loading dock. The restart will enable the plant to deliver roughly 2 billion cubic feet (BCF) per day of LNG, enough for existing long-term customer agreements, the company said.

Full operations at the facility are not scheduled to resume until the end of the year.