Freeport LNG on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas has begun commercial operations for its third train, commencing liquefaction services under tolling agreements to France’s Total and South Korea’s SK E&S
Freeport LNG’s Train 1 and 2 have been in commercial operation since mid-December and mid-January, respectively. Freeport LNG has tolling agreements with Japan’s Osaka Gas and JERA for Train 1 and BP for Train 2.
“The start of commercial operations for Freeport LNG’s Train 3 marks the full commercial operation of our US$13.5Bn, three-train facility,” said Freeport LNG founder, chairman and chief executive Michael Smith. “After over 5.5 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 mta,” Mr Smith noted.
SK E&S will transport LNG using two LNG carriers built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2019. LNGCs Prism Agility and Prism Brilliance each have an overall length of 299 m, beam of 48 m, with GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment systems and a capacity of 180,000 m3.
The two vessels are the first LNG carriers to be launched by a private company in South Korea. At present, 27 South Korean LNG carriers are transporting LNG for state-run Korea Gas Corp (Kogas).
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