Federal regulators on Thursday approved a commissioning step for the Freeport LNG’s $13 billion Freeport liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Texas. FERC approved Freeport’s request to introduce hazardous fluids to commission the liquefaction flare pilot system, a step in the process LNG terminals go through as they prepare for service.
According to U.S. engineering firm McDermott International Inc., which is building the plant, expects the first train at Freeport to enter commercial service in the third quarter, Train 2 to enter service in the first quarter of 2020 and Train 3 in the second quarter of 2020. Williams Cos Inc., is building a pipe to connect the plant to the interstate gas system.
Each train at Freeport will have the capacity to produce about 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG or around 0.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. In addition, Freeport is developing a fourth 5-MTPA liquefaction train at the facility and could make a final investment decision on the train in the second quarter of 2019 with the plant entering service in 2023 or 2024.