The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has
authorized Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to site, construct,
and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural
gas from its existing LNG import terminal located near the
city of Freeport in Brazoria County, Texas.
The Freeport Liquefaction Project includes the construction
and operation of a
liquefaction plant with three trains, each with a capacity of
4.4 million tpy, for total liquefaction capacity of 1.8 Bcfd.
The project also includes pretreatment plant facilities
that will interconnect
with several pipelines, as well as facilities
to allow bi-directional
flow of gas through the existing Freeport Pipeline.
In addition, FERC authorized Freeport LNGs Phase II
Modification Project that would revamp the previously
authorized, but unconstructed Phase II Project
. The Phase II Modification
comprises three major
components: reorientation of the Phase II dock, modification
of the transfer facilities
, and modification of
access roads at the terminal.
The two projects would be constructed together at
Freeports existing Quintana Island terminal.
The order adopts FERC environment
recommendations by requiring the company to adhere to more
than 80 conditions to mitigate potential adverse environment
al impacts. The US
Department of Energy has conditionally approved Freeport
LNGs export of gas to both Free Trade Agreement and
non-Free Trade Agreement countries.
This is the third LNG export project authorized by FERC.
There are currently 10 LNG export projects that have filed
formal applications pending before the Commission, and there
are three LNG export project
s in the prefiling process.