Freeport LNG Ships First LNG Commission Cargo

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Freeport LNG has announced that it has shipped the first LNG commissioning cargo for Train 1 from its liquefaction facility located on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas.

According to the Houston-based company, approximately 150,000 cubic meters of LNG were loaded aboard the LNG carrier LNG Jurojin, which departed from the Freeport LNG terminal on on Tuesday.

“This first cargo loading is another significant step that gets us one step closer towards our start of commercial operations which is anticipated later this month,” said Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Freeport LNG. “We are very pleased that it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities.”

Freeport’s Train 2 is advancing pre-commissioning to support an in service date of January 2020. Train 3 is planned to be on-line in May 2020.

Freeport LNG Development was formed in 2002 to develop, own and operate an LNG terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas. The terminal started LNG imports in June 2008 and is scheduled to begin LNG exports later in 2019. The addition of the three trains will will add approximately 15 million metric tonnes per year (mtpa) of nominal liquefaction capacity to the terminal.

A planned fourth liquefaction train will add an five million tons of LNG per year, increasing total exports from the project to over 20 mtpa of LNG..

The plant on Quintana Island is touted as the largest fully electric motor drive natural gas liquefaction plant in the world, which can reduce emissions by over 90% compared to plants using combustion turbines.

Freeport LNG’s limited partnership interests are held by Michael Smith, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

Approximately 13.5 mtpa of Freeport LNG’s capacity has been contracted under 20-year tolling agreements to Osaka Gas Trading & Export, LLC, JERA Energy America, LLC, BP Energy Company, Toshiba America LNG Corporation, and SK E&S LNG, LLC, and approximately 0.5 mtpa has been contracted to Trafigura PTE LTD under a 3-year sale and purchase agreement commencing in 2020.