Freeport LNG’s liquefied natural gas export plant in Texas has started commercial operation for its first liquefaction train
FLIQ1, a partnership between Osaka Gas, JERA and Freeport, made its final investment decision on Train 1 in October 2014. The project will produce LNG for export from natural gas procured in the United States. Freeport has 20-year liquefaction tolling agreements with Osaka Gas and JERA.
Train 1 is part of a multi-train liquefaction facility located in Quintana, Texas. In early September, the first commissioning cargo sailed from Freeport LNG and was offloaded at Jebel Ali port, UAE.
Commissioning work for Freeport LNG’s Train 2 is progressing and commercial operations are expected to start in January 2020. Freeport LNG’s Train 3 is nearly complete with commercial operations expected to begin in May 2020.
According to a statement from JERA, Freeport’s three trains are expected to produce an estimated 15M tonnes of LNG a year (mta). A fourth train will increase the capacity to 20 mta.
Osaka Gas and JERA have contributed to the project’s start-up, and plan to expand their LNG business with the experience gained through operating the project.
In addition, by procuring LNG from the project, Osaka Gas and JERA will each secure LNG without destination restrictions, diversify their supply sources and price indices, and enhance the stability and flexibility of their LNG procurement.