Kinder Morgan restarts Elba Island LNG units after fire

U.S. energy company Kinder Morgan is restarting two of the three liquefaction units shut after a fire earlier this month at its Elba Island LNG export plant in Georgia.

The third train started the restart process late Tuesday and the first train will begin the process by the end of the week, Reuters reported on Thursday citing Kinder Morgan spokeswoman as saying.

The spokeswoman said that Kinder Morgan is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire adding that the company doesn’t know when it will restart the second unit.

Kinder Morgan shut the second unit last week due to a fire in a mixed refrigerant compressor. This also prompted the company to close two adjacent units as a precaution.

Six of the ten liquefaction units at the LNG export plant, including the three shut by the fire, are available for service.

Kinder Morgan previously said it expects the other four to enter service by the end of the summer.

Elba, which shipped its first cargo in December 2019, will have a capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year when all units enter service.

Kinder Morgan owns 51 percent of Elba while EIG Global Energy Partners holds a 49 percent stake.

The nearly $2 billion project has a 20-year contract with the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.

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