Freeport LNG Awards $1 Million to BC for Workforce Training
In support of training qualified and skilled workers in high-demand fields, Freeport LNG Development, L.P., announced today a gift of one million dollars ($1,000,000) to the Brazosport College Foundation.
The contribution, which was announced during an event on October 30 at Brazosport College, will be used to further the College’s Crafts Academy, which will be renamed the Freeport LNG Crafts Academy.
“We are excited about Freeport LNG’s announcement—it marks a great day for our partnership and working together to provide a skilled workforce,” said Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. “This level of financial commitment makes it possible for Brazosport College to have the labs and facilities necessary to deliver quality programs. It is a true honor to announce that we will have Freeport LNG name on a prominent building within the Science Technology corridor on the BC campus.”
“The development of our gas liquefaction and LNG export project in Southern Brazoria County will mean the need for a highly-skilled workforce,” said Michael S. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Freeport LNG. “I am pleased that we are able to provide a gift to the College that will assist in providing the training and education necessary to help us staff our new facility.”
The Freeport LNG expansion is expected to employ more than 3,500 workers during the four- to five-year construction period. In addition, the terminal will add more than 150 full-time positions for operators, maintenance technicians, administrative support and engineers.
The Freeport LNG Crafts Academy area will encompass a variety of workforce programs, including welding technology, pipefitting, construction management, electrical, HVAC, automotive, process technology, drafting and millwright training, among other programs.
About Brazosport College:
Located in Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses and classes to address diverse educational objectives. Recognized twice by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges, Brazosport College offers more than 20 certificate programs and is one of three schools in Texas to offer a Bachelor Degree in Applied Technology. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree also can enroll in academic classes as well as courses in major fields of study, which will transfer to four-year schools. For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu.
About Freeport LNG:
Freeport LNG Development, L.P., owns and operates an existing LNG regasification terminal located near Freeport, Texas, and is developing a gas liquefaction and LNG export project there. Freeport LNG Development, L.P.’s limited partners are: Freeport LNG Investments, LLLP and FLNGI Option Holdco, LLC, each owned by Michael S. Smith; ZHA FLNG Purchaser LLC, a Delaware limited liability company; Texas LNG Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company; and Turbo LNG, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.