Final approvals are expected “any hour” for Freeport LNG, after the longest production outage in US liquefied natural gas history.

Since shutting down in June last year due to a fire, Freeport LNG has announced its intention to reopen. The company submitted the final requests to restart the facility to federal regulators on Monday.

With LNG exports relatively new to the US compared with other regions of the world, the outage will have a lasting impression on the industry as it evaluates operational risks, Ruth Liao, editor of LNG Americas at Independent Commodity Intelligence Services, told Upstream.