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Freeport LNG started construction of the liquefaction project in November 2014 and expects to achieve commercial operation of the first liquefaction train in 2018.


Freeport LNG had engaged a joint venture of CB&I and Zachry Industrial to develop a fixed-price turnkey contract price and detailed scope for the project’s EPC agreements. The final EPC contract with the joint venture to construct the first two trains of the liquefaction project was signed in December 2013. For the third-train EPC contract, joint venture partners CB&I and Zachry were joined by Chiyoda International Corporation, and the contract was awarded in March 2015.


Freeport LNG selected Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APCI) as the liquefaction technology provider for its experience and overall performance of its proprietary cryogenic liquefaction process (C3MR). Over the last four decades, APCI has designed and manufactured over 100 main cryogenic heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe.


Approximately 13.2 mtpa of the production capacity of the three liquefaction trains have been contracted under use-or-pay liquefaction tolling agreements (LTAs). In July 2012, Freeport LNG signed 20-year LTAs with Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric for train 1 production (2.2 mtpa each), and in February 2013, a 20-year LTA was signed with BP Energy Company for train 2 output (4.4 mtpa). Train 3 offtake agreements with Toshiba Corporation and SK E&S (2.2 mtpa each) were executed in September 2013.


In November 2014, after a four-year permitting process, Freeport LNG received final approvals for the liquefaction project from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). With these approvals, Freeport LNG has received all authorizations required for construction of the initial three-train liquefaction facilities and the export of the entire contracted LNG production volume of the initial three production trains.


Following financial closing on Trains 1 and 2 in November 2014 and on Train 3 in April 2015, all three units are now under construction by a joint venture among CB&I, Inc., Zachry Industrial, Inc. and Chiyoda International Corporation.
The first two trains are on schedule to commence operations by September 2018 and February 2019, respectively. The third train is expected to be in operation approximately six months following the second train, or, in August 2019.

Key Milestone Activities
Status / Date
Liquefaction Tolling Agreements (Train 1) with Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric July 2012
Liquefaction Tolling Agreement (Train 2) with BP Energy Company February 2013
Liquefaction Tolling Agreements (Train 3) with Toshiba Corporation and SK EKS September 2013
DOE's Authorization to Export Entire Contracted LNG Volume of Initial Three Trains November 2013
Trains 1 and 2 EPC Contracts Finalized December 2013
FERC’s Issuance of Authorization to Construct and Operate

July 2014

Final Approvals from DOE and FERC November 2014
Trains 1 and 2 FID/Financial Close

November 2014

Commencement of Construction November 2014
Train 3 EPC Contract Executed March 2015
Train 3 Financial Close April 2015
Liquefaction Train 1 In-Service Date September 2018
Liquefaction Train 2 In-Service Date February 2019
Liquefaction Train 3 In-Service Date August 2019