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Freeport LNG sues three specialists over flaws at Texas plant

U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). exporter Freeport LNG submitted a lawsuit in April against three. contractors, alleging that installation defects in electrical. motors at its $14billion Texas export plant caused extended. failures and expensive repairs.

The claim, submitted in a Texas district court, declares that. work done by specialists Zachry Industrial, Chiyoda. International, and CB&I, a system of McDermott. , led to significant damage to crucial equipment.

Freeport's Quintana, Texas, facility has experienced approximately. a lots events up until now this year. The plant can produce more. than 15 metric tonnes per annum of LNG and take in roughly 2.1. billion cubic feet each day of gas, enough to roil gas. markets when it goes offline.

Freeport LNG declined to comment. Chiyoda and Zachry did not. immediately respond to ask for comment and CB&I did not. right away provide a comment.

Zachry Holdings filed for bankruptcy last month and stepped. away from deal with the Golden Pass LNG plant, owned by Exxon. Mobil and QatarEnergy, that is under building in. Texas.

All 3 firms had been contracted to work on Golden Pass.

The Freeport LNG plant was converted from an import center. roughly 15 years earlier as the U.S. shale revolution flooded the. nation with natural gas. It is the first world-scale. electric-powered LNG plant in North America, with 3 trains. running on General Electric 75-megawatt motors.

Issues with the motors were determined following an. event in January, according to the lawsuit. A root cause. analysis of the occurrence found an electrical brief resulting. from loose assembly hardware, including nuts and bolts.

An additional examination found additional issues related to. the motors, including a significant partial discharge due in. part to exceedingly long cables.

Freeport inspected Train 1 and 2 after recognizing issues. with Train 3's motors and more stopped some operations. Additional workmanship concerns were found on Train 2, the lawsuit. stated.

Freeport did not define just how much it was seeking in damages. in the claim, however stated that the quantity was over $1 million.