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FERC approves Freeport LNG liquefaction capacity increase

FERC approved FreeportLNG Development LP's request to increase its LNG productioncapacity to 2.14 Bcf/d at its Texas export terminal.

A July 7 FERC order granted the request, which was submittedby Freeport LNG, FLNG Liquefaction LLC, FLNG Liquefaction 2 LLC and FLNGLiquefaction 3 LLC. The expansion,which will increase the authorized peak day LNG production level from 1.8 Bcf/dto 2.14 Bcf/d, will not involve any new facilities or construction activities.It is based on a revised assessment of the capabilities of the Freeport LNGexport facilities.

"In the instant application, the applicants explainthat in preparing the estimates in the application for the liquefactionproject, they used very conservative design and operating assumptions, and thatthe application, therefore, reflected a very conservative estimate of thenominal production capacity of the liquefaction trains," FERC said in theapproval order.

The original Freeport LNG liquefaction and export project inBrazoria County, Texas, which included the terminal's first three liquefactiontrains, began construction in October 2014. (CP15-518)