Freeport LNG Train 1 begins commercial operation

Source: press release, 9 December 2019

Freeport LNG Liquefaction project on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas
Freeport LNG Liquefaction project on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas (photo: Freeport LNG Development, L.P.)

McDermott International, Inc. along with its partners, Chiyoda International Corporation and Zachry Group, has announced the beginning of commercial operation of Train 1 by owner Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

“The past few months have brought significant accomplishments for Train 1 of the Freeport LNG project – starting with introduction of feed gas in July, first liquid in August, shipment of first cargo in September and now commercial operation,” says Mark Coscio, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. “Congratulations to the joint venture project team whose commitment to safety and quality has remained strong throughout the project.”

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. Later 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.

Freeport LNG Trains 2 and 3 remain on track to meet their previously announced schedules, with first liquid from Train 2 being announced on Dec. 6 and Train 3 initial production of LNG scheduled for Q1 of 2020.