Bechtel Awarded Port Arthur LNG Work

(Americas) EPC for Major Liquefaction Plant

Global engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a "critical" development contract for construction of the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project in Port Arthur, Texas.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract was signed by developer Sempra Energy and covers transport and installation of two liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, a marine berth and associated loading facilities as well as all related infrastructure necessary to provide liquefaction services.

“We are honored and grateful that Sempra has chosen Bechtel as their trusted partner to help grow Sempra’s LNG business on the Gulf Coast. Together, we will deliver an important, clean and sustainable energy source to the world while creating jobs and building economic opportunities for the Gulf Coast community,” said Brendan Bechtel, CEO of Bechtel.

Potential for record LNG export

Located across three miles of the Sabine-Neches waterway, the site covers nearly 3,000 acres of land, and has the potential to become one of the largest LNG export projects in North America.

“Partnering with a world-class construction firm like Bechtel bolsters our execution plan for one of the world’s largest LNG development projects,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, CEO of Sempra Energy, noting that this new export infrastructure is “critical to providing overseas markets with cleaner fuel alternatives.”

Once complete, the site will feature nameplate capacity to handle about 13.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum.

IPPA Milestone

The EPC deal follows signature of an Interim Project Participation Agreement (IPPA) with Aramco Services Co., a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.

“The Port Arthur LNG development project received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. in May 2019,” Bechtel reports.

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bechtel operates across 160 countries through four global businesses: infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas amd chemicals; and mining amd ,etals. Since 2015, Bechtel has delivered 14 large-scale LNG production trains.