The train is one of three included in the first phase of the project, which will enable the export of about 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG.
The U.S. will make up 67% of growth in global LNG exports between 2019 and 2024 while 33% of global imports are expected to go to China.
Approval granted by FERC for preliminary work on facility that is expected to produce 3.6 Bcf/d.
New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette praised the gas industry which has seen prices pushed toward a 25-year low as it is produced as a byproduct of the shale oil boom.
High inventory will keep prices stable, says Greg Haas of Stratas Advisors; NGL prices struggle in the past week.
Added supply could put more downward pressure on spot prices.
Freeport LNG Trains 2 and 3 remain on schedule with Train 3 initial production of LNG scheduled for first-quarter of 2020.