* Terminal already receiving test cargoes
* Deliveries to grid had been held up (Adds details, background)
NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved commercial operations at the Golden Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in Texas, the regulator said in a statement on Thursday.
“Golden Pass has satisfactorily addressed the items needed to commence service,” FERC said.
The Golden Pass terminal has received test cargoes since October, but until now has not been allowed to send commercial deliveries into the grid.
Testing and cooldown of the terminal was expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011, a terminal spokesman told Reuters late last year.
Terminal representatives were not immediately available to comment on Thursday.
Golden Pass LNG is a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum (70 percent), ExxonMobil (XOM.N) (17.6 percent) and ConocoPhillips (COP.N) (12.4 percent). (Reporting by Edward McAllister)