Freeport LNG seeks U.S. approval to load LNG onto ships at Texas export plant

(Reuters) - Freeport LNG, the second biggest U.S. LNG exporter, sought approval from federal regulators to start loading LNG onto ships at its long-idled export plant in Texas, according to a filing made available on Thursday.

The Freeport plant shut in a fire in June 2022 and was barred from restarting LNG production until federal regulators completed an extensive safety review and approved resulting changes.

Specifically, Freeport said in its filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that "reinstatement of Dock 1 LNG loading services will allow Freeport to recommence normal LNG ship dockage and loading operations."

Freeport also said it will "create inventory space within Tanks 1 and 2 in anticipation of obtaining agency authorization for commercial operation of" one of the plant's three liquefaction trains, which turn natural gas into LNG.

Federal regulators approved of Freeport's request to start producing LNG in the third liquefaction train on Wednesday. (Reporting by Rahul Paswan in Bengaluru and Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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