Freeport LNG Starts Commercial Operation of Third Train

HOUSTON (P&GJ) — Freeport LNG said today that it has begun commercial operations for its third liquefaction train with the commencement of liquefaction services to Total S.A. and SK E&S under their tolling agreements with Freeport.

A 3D model image of the liquefaction project. (image: Freeport LNG)

"The start of commercial operations for Freeport LNG's Train 3 marks the full commercial operation of our $13.5 billion, three train facility," said Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO.

"After over five and a half years of construction, which began in December 2014, we are thrilled to now have all three trains operating safely, and capable of producing in excess of 15 mtpa," Smith said.

Freeport LNG's liquefaction facility is the seventh largest in the world and the second largest in the United States. Train 1 began commercial operations in mid-December and Train 2 began in January. Train 3 started commercial operations on Friday.

A planned fourth liquefaction train has received all regulatory approvals for construction.  

The limited partnership was formed in 2002 to develop, own and operate an LNG terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas. The terminal started LNG import operations in June 2008 and began LNG export operations in 2019. Freeport LNG's limited partnership interests are ultimately held by Michael Smith, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

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