Commercial operations for Freeport LNG’s third liquefaction train started on Friday 1 May, Freeport LNG has announced in a statement. It said the commencement of liquefaction services to Total S.A. and SK E&S are under their tolling agreements with Freeport.
Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, said: “The start of commercial operations for Freeport LNG’s Train 3 marks the full commercial operation of our US$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 million tpy.”
Freeport LNG’s liquefaction facility is the seventh largest in the world and the second largest in the US. In order to produce 15 million tpy of LNG, the company’s three train export facility will process more than 2 per cent of the total annual US production of natural gas.
Smith added: “I want to congratulate and thank our teams who have worked diligently throughout our development and construction process, navigating many challenges along the way. Freeport LNG’s success would not be possible without the dedication, hard work and discipline of our employees.”
Freeport LNG’s economic investment will result in 24 000 to 30 000 direct and indirect jobs created across the US through increased natural gas exploration, drilling and production, as well as incremental expenditures for goods and services in other industries.
Its liquefaction project spanned over 60 million work hours with a total recordable rate of 0.17. The statement said trains 1 and 2 have been commercially operational since mid-December and mid- January, respectively.
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