Freeport LNG Development expects further delays to the restart of its shuttered Texas liquefaction facility, the company said Aug. 23.
“Although typical construction risks could impact the recovery plan, it is anticipated that initial production can commence in early to mid-November, and ramp up,” Freeport LNG said in a company release.
According to the release, Freeport LNG completed a detailed assessment of alternatives for resuming operations at its liquefaction facility after a fire halted operations on June 8. The plan aims to ensure the “long-term safety and integrity of the facility, provides recovery execution certainty, and minimizes procurement and performance testing risks,” the company said.
As a result, the company now expects the Texas plant to reach at least 2 Bcf/d, or more than 85% of its export capacity, by the end of November, and full capacity in March 2023 or shortly thereafter.
“The recovery plan will utilize Freeport LNG’s second LNG loading dock as a lay berth until loading capabilities at the second dock are reinstated in March 2023, at which time we anticipate being capable of operating at 100% of our capacity,” Freeport LNG added.
Kiewit Energy Group Inc. has been engaged by Freeport LNG to perform the engineering, procurement, and reconstruction activities necessary to implement recovery efforts at the Texas facility.
On June 14, just days after the fire at its Texas facility in Quintana Island, Freeport LNG originally forecast a partial resumption of operations in approximately 90 days and a full return to operations in late 2022.
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