Freeport LNG in mid-December shipped its first cargo from the second liquefaction Train at the export facility on Quintana Island in Texas. The cargo was apparently lifted by the 138,000 cubic metres capacity carrier “Bilbao Knutsen”. Departure of the first cargo was confirmed by Freeport’s engineering contractors McDermott International, Zachry Group of the US and Chiyoda Corp. of Japan.
Mark Coscio, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America, said the ongoing momentum of the Texas project had accelerated. “We are well on our way toward commercial operation for Train 2 and I commend the project team for delivering these results and getting us closer to substantial completion,” added Coscio.
Zachry Group, as the joint venture lead, partnered with McDermott for the Pre-FEED in 2011, followed by FEED works to support the early development stage of the project and Trains 1 and 2. Later Chiyoda joined the joint venture partnership for work related to Train 3.
The project scope includes three pre-treatment Trains, a liquefaction facility with three Trains and 15 mtpa of output, a second loading berth and a 165,000 cubic metres capacity full containment LNG storage tank. McDermott said Freeport Trains 2 and 3 remained on schedule with initial production of LNG at Train 3 scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.