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Freeport LNG receives approval to restart commercial operations

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Meenal Datar

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Freeport LNG

Freeport LNG has announced that it has received regulatory approval to commence commercial operations of the company’s natural gas liquefaction and export facility. This comes after a fire in June 2022 that took Freeport LNG out of operations.

This authorisation provides for the immediate full return to service of one liquefaction train, that has already restarted, and the incremental restart and full return to service of a second train.

Michael Smith, Freeport LNG founder, chairman and CEO says: ‘Returning to liquefaction operations is a significant achievement for Freeport LNG. Over the past eight months, we have implemented enhancements to our processes, procedures and training to ensure safe and reliable operations, and significantly increased staffing levels with extensive LNG and petrochemical operating experience to reduce overtime, enhance operational excellence, and improve quality assurance and business performance. Eight months of diligence, discipline and dedicated efforts by our teams, working collaboratively alongside the regulatory agencies and local officials, have positioned us to resume LNG production and commence ramp-up to the safe establishment of commercial operations of our liquefaction facility.’

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