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Freeport LNG is an LNG import terminal in Freeport, Texas. New LNG trains for export are under construction at the terminal.

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Background

Freeport LNG Development, L.P. designed, built and operates the Freeport LNG import terminal in Freeport, Texas. ConocoPhillips bought two-thirds of the capacity of Freeport LNG and Dow Chemical the remaining third. Construction began in 2005 and was completed in 2008.[1]

After the US fracking boom, Freeport LNG filed two DOE applications, each for 511 Bcf/year in December 2010 and 2011, and received approval from DOE to export LNG to Free Trade Agreement countries in February 2011 and 2012. In December 2010, Freeport LNG also submitted a pre-filing request with FERC to begin the environmental review of the liquefaction project.[1]

Freeport LNG intends to file its formal application pursuant to Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) by August 2012 and will request that FERC authorize by 2013. Freeport LNG anticipates a construction schedule of approximately three to four years, beginning in early 2017.[1]

In April 2015 Freeport LNG secured the final piece of financing for its $12.5 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal, placing the company on track to begin producing by early 2018 and fully operational by 2019.[2]

On May 17, 2013, the DOE gave the green light to Freeport LNG Expansion and FLNG Liquefaction’s proposal to send 1.4 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas overseas for 25 years, allowing export to nations that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S. The decision came less than 24 hours after the Senate confirmed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, author of a 2011 MIT report on natural gas that advocated its export.[3]

Project Details

  • Owner: Freeport LNG Development
  • Parent:
  • Location: Freeport, Texas, United States
  • Coordinates: 30.366324, -81.626135 (exact)
  • Capacity: 11.5 mtpa, 1.65 bcfd (Import); 14 mtpa, 2 bcfd (Export)
  • Status: Operating (Import), Construction (Export)
  • Type: Import and Export
  • Start Year: Import facility 2008; addition of export facility operation expected 2018-2019

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Freeport LNG Export project," Freeport LNG Development, accessed April 2012.
  2. "Massive Freeport LNG project chugs forward with $12.5 billion in its back pocket" Fuel Fix, Rhiannon Meyers, April 28, 2015.
  3. Zack Colman, "DOE gives green light to controversial natural gas export project," The Hill, May 17, 2013.

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