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Cheniere looks to return storage tank that leaked back to service

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According to Reuters, Cheniere Energy Inc. has asked US energy and safety regulators to approve a process that would enable it to return a faulty storage tank to service.

The tank, which is located at the company’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana, US, was reportedly found to have had a leak.

Specifically, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ordered Cheniere to shut down two tanks at the export facility on 8 February 2018, after plant workers found a crack at one tank measuring 1 – 6 ft long, which leaked fuel into an outer layer. During the following investigation, Reuters reports that PHMSA discovered that a second tank had also experienced LNG releases from an inner tank.

In a filing earlier this week, Cheniere said that its proposed process would prioritise work on one tank (known as S-101), and allow it to return to service in the near-term.

According to Reuters, PHMSA, together with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), told Cheniere that the company had to take a number of steps before authorisation would be granted to return the two tanks to service.

Cheniere has reportedly said that it will continue working to complete the agencies’ remaining requirements regarding the other tanks in a timely manner. Some of these requirements include a structural re-inspection of all tanks at the facility, as well as the installation of devices to detect leaks.

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