As Freeport LNG marks the third anniversary of construction start, work is well advancing on both primary sites—the liquefaction (LQF) and pretreatment facilities (PTF).
The EPC contractor’s major accomplishments include the setting of the main cryogenic heat exchangers for all three trains and installing the GE motor-driven refrigeration compressors for train 1 and train 2.
Storage tank 3 is also approaching completion. Last October, the infrastructure platform was raised to the top of the tank, and plans are to close up the tank in the next couple of months. The project is also positioned well for the procurement of spare parts—on the order of $100 million worth—needed to run the facilities once in operation.
Freeport LNG has installed pipeline interconnects between the PTF and the LQF sites and completed the expansion of the marine basin and turned it over to the EPC contractor to construct the top works. Also well advanced, and expected to complete this year, is the NGL storage and trucking facility that is designed to move natural gas liquids recovered at the PTF to storage tanks from which they will be transferred to tanker trucks and moved to area markets.
There are several other smaller construction projects underway to upgrade Freeport LNG's underground storage facility and the Stratton Ridge gas metering station. Repairs have been made to the vacuum-insulated lines connecting LNG storage with dock 1 and fresh perlite insulation has been added to the walls of the two operating LNG storage tanks.
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.
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