The Freeport LNG export plant on Quintana Island in Texas was reached the final commissioning stage for the third Train with feed-gas now being introduced.
Freeport already has two Trains in operation and when the third ships its first cargo the combined nameplate output will be 15 million tonnes per annum.
The first production unit sent out its first shipment in December 2019 while the second was placed into service in January 2020.
The schedule for the start of commercial operations on Train 3 is around the start of May 2020.
Freeport project engineers McDermott International, with its joint venture partners, Chiyoda Corp. of Japan and Zachry Group of the US, announced the Train 3 progress.
“This marks a significant accomplishment for the project as the team works to complete the final train,” said McDermott.
“The Freeport facility incorporates the largest electric motor-driven refrigeration compressors within the US and, once fully completed and commercially operational, will significantly improve North America's energy export capabilities,” added the Houston-based engineering firm.
Mark Coscio, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America, praised the engineering, procurement and construction team for upholding the high safety and quality standards.
“We have achieved substantial completion for Trains 1 and 2, and now focus on delivering Train 3 as it transitions from construction phase to start up,” added Coscio.