Freeport LNG Starts Commercial Operation of Train 2

(P&GJ) — Freeport LNG announced it has launched commercial operation of the second liquefaction train at its three-train facility, with initial gas deliveries from BP under a 20-year agreement.

Train 1 at Freeport, which began commercial operations in December. (photo: Freeport LNG)

The milestone comes about a month after the start of Train 1 commercial operations and the commencement of tolling agreements with Osaka Gas and JERA.

"The performance test on Train 2 was completed in only 37 days after first gas was delivered to the liquefaction facilities, down from 107 days on Train 1," said Michael Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Freeport LNG. "We are extremely pleased with the current operational efficiency and performance from both trains."

McDermott International and Zachry Group also celebrated the commencement of Train 2 operations. Zachry Group, as the joint venture lead, partnered with McDermott for the Pre-FEED in 2011, followed by FEED works to support the early development stage of the project as a one-stop shop solution provider for Trains 1 and 2.

Chiyoda joined the joint venture partnership for work related to Train 3. The project scope includes three pre-treatment trains, a liquefaction facility with three trains, a second loading berth and a 165,000 m3 full containment LNG storage tank.

Construction on Train 3 is essentially complete, Freeport said today, noting that gas already has been introduced to the pre-treatment facilities.  The company said it expects Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to bring gas to the liquefaction site in February.

Freeport said Train 3 remains on track for a commercial start date in May, while McDermott indicated initial production during the first quarter.

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