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First commissioning cargo sails from US LNG export facility

First commissioning cargo sails from US LNG export facility
Add the Freeport LNG facility to the growing US LNG export capacity, following the shipment of the first LNG commissioning cargo from Train 1

Approximately 150,000 m3 of LNG was loaded from the Quintana Island, Texas facility onto the 155,300-m3 stretched Moss-type LNG carrier LNG Jurojin, jointly owned by Mitsui OSK Lines and Kansai Electric Power Co.

“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,” said Freeport LNG chairman and chief executive Michael Smith. “We are very pleased it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities.”

Feed gas was introduced into Freeport LNG Train 1 on 22 July and the first cargo is a precursor to completion of Train 1.

Developed at a cost of US$15Bn, Freeport LNG will add Train 2 and Train 3 next year. Train 2 is advancing pre-commissioning to support an in-service date of January 2020. Train 3 is nearing completion to support an in-service date of May 2020.

A partnership of Zachry Group, McDermott International and Chiyoda provided engineering, procurement and facility construction as well as commissioning and initial operations for the Freeport LNG project. Once all three liquefaction trains are in operation, the facility will have export capacity of 15 mta of LNG, a second loading berth and a 165,000 m3 full containment LNG storage tank.

Built by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, LNG Jurojin is a Sayaendo design vessel developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which has a continuous cover over its four Moss-type spherical tanks. The peapod-shaped continuous cover is integrated with the ship’s hull, achieving weight reduction while maintaining overall hull rigidity, increasing the ship’s fuel efficiency.

LNG Jurojin was one of 12 LNG carriers that departed from US LNG export facilities between 29 August and 4 September, according to data cited by the US Energy Information Administration. Seven LNGCs were loaded at Sabine Pass, three at Corpus Christi, and one each from Cove Point and Freeport LNG export terminals, combining for an LNG-carrying capacity of 43Bn ft3.

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