FERC Has Approved Freeport LNG’s Request

FERC Has Approved Freeport LNG’s Request

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 16, approved the Freeport LNG terminal in Texas’ request for construction of the Train 4 expansion. This is the fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project that FERC has approved this year. Freeport LNG filed an application for the expansion in June 2017.

“I’m proud of the efforts by the Commission and its staff to process today’s and our previous LNG orders,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said. “Exporting LNG from the United States can help increase the availability of inexpensive, clean-burning fuel to our global allies who are looking for an efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly source of generation.”

This expansion “involves construction of a liquefaction unit similar to Freeport’s other three units at the site, as well as associated pipelines, storage vessels and related facilities.” It should allow 0.74 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day when it’s finished.

Two of FERC’s Commissioners released individual statements about this ruling, Cheryl A. LaFleur and Richard Glick. LaFleur wrote that she concurs with the approval, while Glick dissents. Glick wrote that he dissents for a few reasons, including that in his opinion, “it violates both the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).”

To read the entire approval, click here.