Planning for operational readiness is well advanced. Personnel have been hired for the first two trains of operations. These individuals have undergone classroom training at Freeport LNG's new training center and field training on site. Three groups of personnel were also sent to Indonesia for three weeks of training each at the PT Badak liquefaction facility in Indonesia. At corporate headquarters in Houston, the IT, accounting, procurement and commercial departments have been busy working on the systems needed to support operations when the new facilities are ready for commissioning and start-up.
Freeport LNG continues to focus heavily on the safety of its employees and construction workers. The project, which now employs over 7,000 workers on site, is averaging more than one million exposure hours a month. To date, the project has gone over 20 million exposure hours without major incident and its safety performance is about two thirds better than what the industry average would be.
The project is about 70% complete on all three trains but just under 50% complete in terms of the construction. The LQF or PTF construction sites were not materially impacted by Harvey. The EPC contractor’s off-site lay-down yard and a pipe fabrication yard experienced flooding following the storm, and Freeport LNG is working very closely with our EPC contractor to come up with the most efficient and effective way to get back on schedule so that the three trains can come on line between Q4 2018 and Q3 2019.