Betchel has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sempra Energy for the project development of the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project in Texas, United States.
As part of the EPC contract, Betchel will perform the detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, start-up, performance testing and operator training activities for the project.
The scope of the agreement also includes continuing pre-final investment decision engineering to better assure project cost and schedule certainty.
Port Arthur is expected to include two liquefaction trains, two liquified natural gas (LNG) storage tanks, a marine berth and associated loading facilities and related infrastructure necessary to provide liquefaction services, with a nameplate capacity of 13.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG.
The project site sits on 3000 acres of land along three miles of the Sabine-Neches waterway in North America.
Betchel chairman and chief executive officer Brendan Bechtel said the company was honoured and grateful for being chosen 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,” Betchel said.
Sempra chairman and CEO Jeffrey Martin added that the Port Arthur LNG project plays an important role in the company’s goal of becoming one of North America’s largest developers of liquefaction-export infrastructure projects.
“Partnering with a world-class construction firm like Bechtel bolsters our execution plan for one of the world’s largest LNG development projects,” Martin said.
Port Arthur received authorisation from the US Department of Energy to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with America in May 2019.
Additionally, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the approval to site, construct and operate the liquefaction-export facility in April 2019.