Freeport LNG train 3 begins commercial operations

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A model image of the Freeport LNG project .Photo: Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

The third liquefaction train of the Freeport LNG terminal has begun operations, marking the start of full commercial operations at the $13.5bn LNG project.

With a capacity to produce 15 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, Freeport LNG’s liquefaction facility is the seventh largest in the world.

Located on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas, it is also the second largest liquefaction facility in the US.

The LNG facility has the capacity to process more than 2% of the total annual production of natural gas in the country.

Freeport LNG’s train 1 entered into commercial operations in December last year, while train 2 went online in mid- January this year.

From an economic investment perspective, the LNG export project is expected to result in 24,000 to 30,000 direct and indirect jobs created across the US.

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

Freeport LNG to add fourth liquefaction train

Freeport LNG Development, which was formed in 2002 to develop, own and operate the LNG terminal, plans to add a fourth liquefaction train.

The fourth train has received all regulatory approvals for construction.

In September last year, the company received a loan of up to $1.025bn from Westbourne Capital and its co-investors to build the train.

Following the startup of all the four trains, the LNG terminal is expected to have a combined capacity of 20mtpa.