|Freeport LNG Achieves Start of Commercial Operations for Second Liquefaction Train
|| FREEPORT LNG ACHIEVES START OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
FOR SECOND LIQUEFACTION TRAIN
Houston, January 17, 2020 – Freeport LNG today announced the start of commercial
operations for the second liquefaction train, of its three train facility, with the
commencement of gas deliveries from BP under its 20 year tolling agreement with Freeport.
Freeport LNG’s Train 1 began commercial operations last month, with the commencement of
Osaka Gas’ and JERA’s tolling agreements.
“We are thrilled to now be providing service to BP, in addition to Osaka Gas, and JERA ,”
said Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Freeport LNG. We are also especially
pleased with the performance of our electric motor drive liquefaction units. Freeport’s
electric drive motors not only reduce emissions by over 90% relative to other plants
which use combustion turbines, they should also require less maintenance with less
downtime. 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. We are
extremely pleased with the current operational efficiency and performance from both
Construction on Freeport’s Train 3 is essentially complete. Gas has been introduced to
the pre-treatment facilities and the Company expects Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) approval to bring gas to the liquefaction site next month. Train 3 remains on
track for a commercial start date in May.
About Freeport LNG
Freeport LNG Development, L.P. 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 is
implementing the largest fully electric motor drive natural gas liquefaction plant in the
world, reducing emissions at the facility by over 90% relative to other plants which use
combustion turbines. Freeport LNG’s limited partnership interests are ultimately held by
Michael Smith, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
For further information, contact:
Heather Browne, Director, Corporate Communications, 713.980.2888