Freeport LNG has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct and operate a fourth natural gas liquefaction train.
This train will be integrated into its existing natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.
Freeport LNG’s train 4 is expected to add more than five million tonnes per annum of LNG production to its existing project, increasing the total export capability of the four-train facility to more than 20 mtpa.
Approximately 13.5 mtpa of this capacity has been contracted under 20-year tolling agreements to Osaka Gas Trading & Export, JERA Energy America, BP Energy Company, Toshiba America LNG Corporation, and SK E&S LNG. Approximately 0.5 mtpa has been contracted to Trafigura under a three-year sale and purchase agreement starting in 2020.
Train 4 operations are expected to start in 2023. Freeport LNG’s facility comprises three liquefaction trains, with train 1 scheduled for commercial startup in the third quarter of 2019, and full three-train commercial operations anticipated by mid-2020.
Once train 4 is complete, the facility will become the world’s fifth largest LNG producer.
Michael Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Freeport LNG, says: ‘This is an important milestone in the continued growth of Freeport LNG. Having FERC’s approval in hand brings us one significant step closer to our goal of moving ahead with train 4 construction later this year.’