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    Freeport LNG Ships First Cargo


Five or more commissioning cargos expected, Woodmac says

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Freeport LNG Ships First Cargo

US developer Freeport LNG said September 3 it had shipped its first LNG commissioning cargo from Train 1 of its 15mn mt/yr liquefaction terminal on Quintana Island in Texas.

First LNG was produced from Train 1 in August, and 150,000 m3 was loaded aboard the tanker LNG Jurojin.

“This first cargo loading is another significant step that gets us one step closer towards our start of commercial operations, which is anticipated later this month,” Freeport LNG CEO Michael Smith said. “We are very pleased that it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities.”

Kristy Kramer, head of markets, gas & LNG research at Wood Mackenzie, told a Gastalk webinar September 4 that the LNG Jurojin was carrying the first of what could be five or more commissioning cargos for Train 1, which took in its first gas in May.

“It does look like there is a second ship waiting for a cargo,” Kramer said.

Also September 3, Freeport LNG announced French Total as the newest member of its stable of global LNG customers. Japan’s Toshiba said September 2 it had completed the sale of its US LNG business to the French major, a business which includes a 20-year, 2.2mn mt/yr tolling agreement that will commence with commercial operations of Train 3 at Freeport, likely in May 2020.