Bechtel on Friday signed a lump sum turnkey contract
with Cheniere Energy for the engineering, procurement, and
construction of the third and fourth liquefaction trains to be
constructed adjacent to the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas
(LNG) terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Cheniere said it intends to give Bechtel a notice to proceed
(NTP) with construction for the third and fourth liquefaction
trains upon achieving acceptable financing arrangements and
making a final investment decision.
Construction for the third and
fourth trains is expected to begin in the first half of 2013.
Sabine Liquefaction issued the NTP to Bechtel and commenced
full construction for the first two
liquefaction trains in August 2012.
The liquefaction trains are being designed, constructed, and
commissioned by Bechtel using the ConocoPhillips Optimized
Cascade technology, a proven technology deployed in numerous LNG
projects around the world.
Nominal capacity for each train will be approximately 4.5
million tpy. The liquefaction trains will be built next to the
existing facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG
terminal, which include five tanks with storage capacity of
16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two docks that can
handle vessels up to 265,000 cubic meters, and vaporizers with
regasification capacity of 4.0 billion cubic feet per day
"We look forward to our continued collaboration with Bechtel
on the development and construction of our liquefaction trains
at Sabine Pass. Bechtel built our existing LNG terminal on time
and on budget and has an extensive track record in building
some of the largest LNG export production facilities in the world," said
Charif Souki, CEO of Cheniere.
"Bechtel has started construction on our first two liquefaction
trains, which are expected to be completed ahead of the EPC
schedule, and we expect to commence construction on the third and fourth
liquefaction trains in the first half of 2013," Souki
"Cheniere is at the forefront of North Americas LNG
industry, and we appreciate their trust and confidence in
delivering this important project," said Jack Futcher,
president of Bechtels oil, gas, and chemicals business
unit. "We look forward to helping them achieve their vision to
transform Sabine Pass into a world-class facility."
Cheniere recently announced that it is also planning to
develop a fifth and sixth liquefaction train at Sabine Pass.
The company has begun working with Bechtel on the preliminary
engineering for a fifth and sixth train and said it expects to
commence the regulatory process in the first half of 2013.