Storm Nicholas shuts down Freeport LNG terminal in Texas

US exporter Freeport LNG is not producing liquefied natural gas at its three electric motor-driven liquefaction trains in Texas due to Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane in Texas early Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and flooding but has since weakened into a tropical storm.

“All of Freeport LNG’s three liquefaction trains are currently down, likely due to power issues related to the storm,” a Freeport LNG spokeswoman told LNG Prime in an emailed statement.

“We continue to assess everything. There is no other damage to our facility to report,” the spokeswoman said.

Freeport LNG, led by billionaire Michael Smith, has last year launched commercial operations for the third liquefaction train at its facility in Texas.

The start of third train operations also marked the full commercial operation of Freeport LNG’s $13.5 billion, three-train facility. It has a capacity of more than 15 mtpa.

Freeport LNG has contracts for about 13.4 mtpa of production capacity under 20-year use-or-pay liquefaction tolling agreements.

The LNG buyers are Osaka Gas, JERA, BP, Toshiba and Total.

Freeport LNG is also planing to add the fourth production unit with a capacity of five mtpa but it has not yet taken a final investment decision.

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