Now, Freeport LNG Expansion and FLNG Liquefaction 4 (together FLEX4) have authority to export up to 0.72 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG from a fourth liquefaction train (Train 4) to be built at the Freeport LNG Terminal.
FLEX4 is authorized to export this LNG to any country that does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, and with which trade is not banned under US law or policy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized FLEX4 to site, construct, and operate Train 4 on May 17, 2019.
Before this announcement, Freeport LNG Expansion and other Freeport entities had obtained approval to export LNG from the first three liquefaction trains at the Terminal. The first liquefaction train is planned to start commercial exports later this year.
Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S. jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe
said US Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes.
US LNG export capacity, currently at 5 billion cubic feet per day, is expected to double by the end of 2020. The US Energy Information Administration expects an increase in domestic natural gas production, with an average dry natural gas production rate of 90.3 Bcf/d in 2019 and 92.2 Bcf/d in 2020, both of which are new records.