Freeport LNG Train 1 Enters Final Commissioning Stage
Train 1 at the Freeport LNG plant has reached the final commissioning stage, according to a statement from McDermott International and project partners Chiyoda and Zachry. This includes the introduction of feed gas into Train 1 of the natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility, located on Quintana Island off the southeast Texas coast.
Joint-venture lead Zachry engaged McDermott for the pre-FEED in 2011, followed by FEED works to support the early development stage of the project. Chiyoda joined the partnership in 2015 and the joint team provided engineering, procurement, and facility construction as well as commissioning and initial operations for the project.
Freeport LNG includes three pretreatment trains, a liquefaction facility with three trains, a second loading berth, and a 165,000-m3 full-containment LNG storage tank. The three trains, which are anticipated to come on stream between Q4 2019 and Q3 2020, are expected to produce and export approximately 15 mtpa of LNG. A fourth liquefaction unit will eventually be added to the three already under construction, increasing the total export capacity of the project to more than 20 mtpa of LNG. Each train will use electric motors with variable frequency drive for the cooling and liquefaction compression power.
Freeport LNG Train 1 Begins Production
Freeport marks the sixth major LNG export facility to start operations in the US. Commercial deliveries are expected to begin in September, with Osaka Gas and JERA taking half of the Train 1’s offtake capacity.
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The US EIA reports that natural gas deliveries producting LNG for export reached 6.0 Bcf/D in July. Deliveries to LNG export facilities have been the fastest growing among all natural gas consumption sectors this year.
Shenzhen Gas Set to Open New LNG Terminal
The launch will make Shenzhen Gas the second Chinese city gas distributor backed by a local government to own an LNG import facility, following Shenergy Group’s Shanghai import terminal. Eni is set to deliver an initial cargo to the facility.
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