McDermott International, Inc. along with its partners, Chiyoda International Corporation and Zachry Group, has announced that Train 1 of the Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas, has begun producing liquified natural gas (LNG).

Although production is in its initial phrase, the milestone is a precursor to first cargo which is expected later this month.

“When a facility starts producing a product, it is always a notable achievement, especially for large-scale projects, such as Freeport LNG,” said Mark Coscio, Mc Dermott’s Senior Vice-President for North, Central and South America.

“We are proud of the project team, which has worked hard to accomplish this milestone with exceptional safety performance during the construction phrase.”

“We look forward to celebrating first cargo for Train 1 soon with the same focus to safety and quality.”

Zachry Group, the joint venture lead, partnered with McDermott for the Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering Design) in 2011, followed by FEED works to support the early development stage on Trains 1 and 2 of the project as a one-stop shop solution provider.

Chiyoda then joined that venture and the joint team provided engineering, procurement and facility construction as well as commissioning and initial operations for Train 3 of the project.

The projects included three pre-treatment trains, a liquefaction facility with three trains, a second loads berth and a 16,000 m3 full containment LNG storage tank. 

Train 2 initial production of LNG scheduled for Q4 (2019) and Train 3 initial production of LNG scheduled for Q1 (2020).