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Freeport LNG ships first commissioning cargo

Commercial operations are expected to start later this month

Private liquefied natural gas player Freeport LNG has shipped the first commissioning cargo from its export facility in Texas.

The company said around 150,000 cubic metres of LNG from Train 1 were loaded onto the LNG Jurojin which left the terminal on 3 September. First LNG production occurred on 12 August.

"This first cargo loading is another significant step that gets us one step closer towards our start of commercial operations which is anticipated later this month," chief executive Michael Smith said in a statement.

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"We are very pleased that it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities."

Freeport LNG’s three-train, 15-million-tonnes-per-annum facility on Quintana Island is overcoming construction delays that have led to cost overruns of around $500 million. Train 1 was supposed to be online at the end of 2018.

The facility’s second train is expected to be in service by January 2020 as it continues to advance through the pre-commissioning phase. The third train is anticipated to be in service by May 2020.

Freeport was recently granted approval to site, construct and operate a fourth liquefaction train which would add 5 million tonnes per annum to the facility.

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