The Freeport LNG project (the «Project») in Texas, USA, began commercial operation for its first liquefaction train on December 8, 2019. Osaka Gas Co., Ltd («Osaka Gas») and JERA Co., Inc. («JERA») are participating in the Project through FLNG Liquefaction, LLC («FLIQ1»). HOUSTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. (Freeport LNG) announced today that it has entered into a binding 20-year agreement with Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) on the liquefaction of natural gas (LTA) with a base quantity of 2.2 million tonnes per year (mtpa), which will begin with the construction of the third train of the liquefaction and LNG plant planned by Freeport LNG at Quintana Island, near Freeport. Texas. Freeport LNG expects to obtain FERC approval for the construction of the first three liquefaction trains in the first quarter of 2014. The first train is expected to enter service 42-48 months after the start of construction, the second train six to nine months after the first train. Construction of the third train is expected to start at the end of 2014 and start operating six to nine months after the second train. FLIQ1 made its final investment decision in Train1 in October 2014.
The project will produce LNG for the export of natural gas purchased in the United States. The project operator is Freeport LNG Development, L.P. Osaka Gas and JERA will each withdraw approximately 2.32 MTPA LNG based on liquefaction agreements with FLIQ1. Freeport LNG is the next to obtain DOE clearance, which would cover the entire production volume of the first two liquefaction trains and allow Freeport LNG to start exporting to non-FTA countries upon completion of construction. The DOE is expected to commence consideration of Freeport LNG`s pending non-FTA export application immediately following the expiration of the response time to the initial comments on the DOE`s 2012 LNG Export Study on February 25, 2013. Freeport LNG`s second DOE application, which covers up to two additional production volume trains, is the fourth in the DOE`s Pending Non-FTA Export Applications Review and Processing Order. Freeport LNG has obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export the entire LNG production volume of the first two trains of the liquefaction project to any country that has or will develop LNG import capacity in the future and with which trade is permitted. . . .