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


Freeport LNG had selected Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APCI) as the liquefaction technology provider for its experience and overall performance of its proprietary cryogenic liquefaction process. Freeport LNG had also 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; the third-train EPC contract was executed in March 2015.


Freeport LNG received conditional authorization from the Department of Energy (DOE) to export the entire contracted LNG production volume of the initial three trains of liquefaction in 2013. In July 2014, Freeport LNG received the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval for the three-train liquefaction project, and in October 2014, FERC granted Freeport LNG authorization to proceed with construction. Final approvals from the two agencies came on November 13, 2014, when FERC denied pending rehearing requests, and the following day, when Freeport LNG received a final authorization from the DOE to export LNG to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

  After satisfying all conditions to debt and equity financing, financial close and commencement of construction on the first two trains of the liquefaction project occurred on November 25, 2014. Financing and start of construction on the third train is expected in the second quarter of 2015.
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
Liquefaction Train 1 In-Service Date 2018
Liquefaction Train 2 In-Service Date 2019
Liquefaction Train 3 In-Service Date 2019