Cheniere cleared to return Louisiana Sabine LNG tank after 2018 leak

(Courtesy Cheniere Energy)

Cheniere Energy Inc said Monday that federal regulators authorized the return to service of one of two shut storage tanks at the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company’s Sabine Pass LNG export plant in Louisiana following a leak in 2018, Reuters reports.

Specifically, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) approved of the return to service of LNG Tank S-101.

PHMSA ordered Cheniere to shut two LNG storage tanks on Feb. 8, 2018, after plant workers on Jan. 22, 2018, discovered a one- to six-foot crack in one tank that leaked fuel into an outer layer.

During the investigation of the Sabine site, PHMSA discovered a second tank had also experienced releases of LNG from the inner tank. Read the entire story.