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.
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.
"One other thing that is really interesting-and very difficult to get used to-is the size of everything on our construction sites. When you arrive there, you just have to really resist from just looking up and saying, 'This is so big and so complex!' But we have a very competent and very strong project management team with a lot of experience that knows what they're doing and is putting it together in the right way," adds Mark Mallett.