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  Proposed Liquefaction facilities at Quintana Island Terminal

Train 4 Project Overview


Due to continuing demand for LNG around the world and the massive abundance of natural gas in the United States, Freeport LNG is now planning to add a fourth natural gas liquefaction unit to the three trains already under construction. This expansion will allow for the export of an additional five million tons of LNG per year, increasing the total export capability of all four trains to over twenty million tons of LNG per year.

Similar to Trains 1, 2 and 3, Train 4 will utilize all-electric motors, resulting in negligible incremental emissions. The fourth liquefaction train will be constructed adjacent to the first three trains on Quintana Island, with only minimal modifications to the existing authorized facilities on the island being necessary to accommodate the fourth train. Subject to regulatory approvals, construction of Train 4 is expected to begin in 2018, with the new facilities scheduled to become operational in 2022.


Regulatory Process


Train 4 will require approvals from a number of regulatory agencies including FERC, the lead regulatory agency responsible for permitting LNG facilities, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the agency responsible for authorizing exports of LNG. Additional approvals will be required from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality along with several other federal, state and local agencies.

In mid-May 2015, Freeport LNG submitted a pre-filing request with FERC to begin the environmental review of Train 4. Formal application is being prepared. Information about the FERC docket for Train 4 (number PF15-25-000) can be found at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp.


Train 4 Benefits


Direct and Indirect Job Creation

  • Over the four-year construction period for Train 4, more than 1,000 on-site engineering and construction jobs will be added, or extended in duration, to those already associated with the construction of the first three liquefaction trains. Hundreds of off-site jobs will also be added to support the Train 4 facility's design, fabrication and construction.

  • The ongoing management and operation of Train 4 will create approximately 55 to 60 new full-time positions at Freeport LNG.

  • It is estimated that indirectly, Train 4 will create between 9,000 and 11,000 new U.S. jobs as a result of the increase in drilling and production of natural gas required to feed the Train 4 production.

Significant Economic Stimulus

  • Constructing Train 4 will require an investment of over $3 billion.

  • Train 4 will result in direct payments of over $300 million in state and local taxes through construction and commercial operations.

  • Total economic benefits resulting from the direct expenditures to produce incremental feed gas for Train 4 are estimated to be between $1.9 and $2.8 billion per year, or $38 - $56 billion over the first 20 years of operation.

  • Assuming an average LNG value of $7/MMBtu, Train 4 exports will improve U.S. balance of trade by approximately $1.7 billion per year, or nearly 0.5 percent of the current U.S. annual trade deficit.


Safety and Security


Natural gas has been safely converted to LNG and stored and transported around the world for more than half a century. The LNG industry has an outstanding safety record. In the same vein, Freeport LNG is committed to the safe construction and operation of all its facilities. Train 4 will be designed and constructed to meet or exceed government and industry standards, monitored daily during construction and inspected regularly to ensure the safety of the public and the company’s employees. Once the new facilities are operational, trained technicians will monitor and control them around the clock using highly sophisticated sensors, computers and communications technology. The safety of the communities in which Freeport LNG operates is always the highest priority.


Environmental Stewardship


Freeport LNG’s commitment to environmental stewardship began when the company first started development of its import terminal in 2002. This commitment has become a hallmark of Freeport LNG’s operations and will also be the focus of planning and decision-making during all phases of Train 4 and the overall liquefaction project


Open House Meeting


On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Freeport LNG held an open house meeting at its terminal administration building to introduce the public, stakeholders and elected officials to the proposed Train 4 expansion of its liquefaction project.

Over 30 people participated in the open house, including residents, landowners, media and other interested parties from Quintana Island, the broader Brazosport community and surrounding areas. Nearly half of the attendees were elected officials including local, county, state and federal representatives.



The open house featured various exhibits with project information, economic benefits, proposed timeline and information about community relations. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) representatives also attended the event to provide information about the regulatory process and how the public can engage in it. Additionally, the open house featured a panel display about the LNG export project's current construction activities.

Freeport LNG staff members were available at each station to help answer any questions. Open house participants were provided feedback forms upon arrival and were encouraged to write down comments, concerns and questions about the project and submit them to Freeport LNG.


Freeport LNG appreciates and values the comments and questions received from the community. Landowners, stakeholder and interested parties can review the open house display panels here and are encouraged to connect with us by e-mail or mail at:



Freeport LNG Development, L.P.
c/o Train 4 Project Open House Comments
1500 Lamar Street
Quintana, Texas 77541