US Gulf Coast LNG export facility Freeport LNG marked a milestone as it reached the final stage of commissioning its first liquefaction train
Engineering and construction firm McDermott International along with its partners Japan’s Chiyoda International Corporation and US-based Zachry Group, reported that Train 1 of the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas, has reached the final commissioning stage. This includes introducing feed gas into Train 1 of the natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility.
"First of its kind in the US, with the largest electric motor-driven refrigeration compressors, the Freeport LNG facility will significantly improve the energy export capabilities we have in the US, and McDermott is pleased to be part of its development from the ground up", said McDermott senior vice president for North, Central and South America Mark Coscio. Like the other trains under development at Freeport LNG, Train 1 uses an electric motor with a variable frequency drive for the cooling and liquefaction compression power, reducing emissions and improving efficiency.
“Once Train 1 is fully operational”, said Mr Coscio, “it will have the capacity to produce more than 5M tonnes of LNG per year".
Freeport LNG is expected to start up Train 2 in January 2020 and Train 3 in May 2020. The first three trains will add approximately 15 mta of nominal liquefaction capacity to the Quintana Island terminal facilities. Freeport LNG is also developing another liquefaction plant, Train 4, which would add another 5 mta nameplate capacity.
Zachry Group, as the joint venture lead, engaged McDermott for the pre-FEED in 2011, followed by FEED works to support the early development stage of the project. Later Chiyoda joined the partnership and the joint team provided engineering, procurement and facility construction as well as commissioning and initial operations for the project. The project includes three pretreatment trains, a liquefaction facility with three trains, a second loading berth and a 165,000-m3 full containment LNG storage tank.