Freeport LNG To Shut For At least 3 Weeks After Fire Explosion At Texas Facility, Likely To Strain Global Gas Supply

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Freeport LNG, one of the largest U.S. export plants producing liquefied natural gas (LNG), will shut for at least three weeks following an explosion at its Texas Gulf Coast facility.

Freeport LNG plant explosion likely to add further pressure on global supplies.

 

Freeport LNG, one of the largest U.S. export plants producing liquefied natural gas (LNG), will shut for at least three weeks following an explosion at its Texas Gulf Coast facility.

The fire began just before noon local time on Wednesday (Jun 8) at the Freeport LNG facility on Quintana Island, the Houston-based, privately-owned company said.

“There were no injuries, all employees have been accounted for and there is no risk to the surrounding community. The incident investigation will continue,” it added.

The facility operates three LNG trains capable of producing approximately 15 million tonnes per year (mtpa) of LNG. The majority of LNG produced is contracted under 20-year tolling agreements with customers in Japan. The terminal is the largest fully electric motor drive natural gas liquefaction plant in the world, which can reduce emissions by over 90% compared to plants using combustion turbines.

European natural gas futures contracts linked to TTF, Europe’s wholesale gas price, surged by over 12% following fears over the disruption over the accident.

The US, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, is trying to lure European nations away from dependence on Russian Gas. LNG exports hit a record 9.7 bcfd last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).