Cheniere Sabine Pass Expansion Progresses

Becthel Awarded EPC Contract for Train 6

Global engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a contract for the development of a new train at the Sabine Pass LNG facility in Louisiana.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract will build on the existing five-train facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, boosting capacity and driving project cargo demand. The LNG export project is operated by Texas-based LNG specialist Cheniere.

“We are pleased to reach a positive final investment decision and issue full notice to proceed to Bechtel to proceed with construction of Sabine Pass Train 6, continuing our close partnership which has spanned over a decade,” said David Craft, senior vice president at Cheniere.

27 mtpa
Once complete the new train and connecting infrastructure will add capacity for an additional 4.5 million tonnes of LNG per year, taking the total plant capacity to 27 million tonnes.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Cheniere, who has led the industry in the development and delivery of LNG facilities in the United States. We are very proud of the work that we have achieved together since we started working at this facility in 2006 and which now includes 6 operational LNG trains on the US Gulf Coast,” said Darren Mort, Bechtel’s LNG general manager.

Located on more than 1,000 acres of land along the Sabine Pass River on the border between Texas and Louisiana, the complex is one of the largest LNG export facilities in the country. The terminal has two recessed docks, ensuring that no part of loading LNG vessels protrude into the open waterway while docked. 

“This expansion demonstrates that building strong relationships with owners, contractors, suppliers, and local communities is key to the successful construction of large-scale LNG projects,” Mort added.

Market-leading Track Record
Alongside the construction of the first five trains at Sabine Pass, Bechtel has also supported the conversion of the initial receiving terminal into a bidirectional facility allowing both import and export.

“We thank Bechtel for their continued commitment to teamwork and execution, which has resulted in a market-leading track record of designing, constructing, and commissioning liquefaction trains safely and ahead of schedule at both Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi,” Craft added.

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bechtel operates across 160 countries through four global businesses: infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas and chemicals; and mining and metals. Since 2015, Bechtel has delivered 14 large-scale LNG production trains and today Bechtel-built facilities produce more than 30 percent of the world’s total LNG capacity.