Bechtel secures EPC contract to build Port Arthur LNG terminal in Texas


US-based project management services provider Bechtel has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sempra Energy to build the Port Arthur LNG export terminal in Port Arthur, Texas.

The contract was signed by the companies’ respective subsidiaries, Port Arthur LNG, and Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals.

As part of the fixed-priced contract, Bechtel will carry out the in-depth engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, startup, performance testing and operator training activities for the Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project.

Bechtel chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel said: “We are honoured 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.”

The Port Arthur LNG project is anticipated to initially include two liquefaction trains, two liquefied natural gas storage tanks, a marine berth and associated infrastructure, with a nameplate capacity of nearly 13.5m tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquefied natural gas, Sempra Energy stated.

Sempra Energy chairman and CEO Jeffrey Martin said: “Building new export infrastructure in the U.S. is critical to providing overseas markets with cleaner fuel alternatives.

“Partnering with a world-class construction firm like Bechtel bolsters our execution plan for one of the world's largest LNG development projects.”

The project is expected to generate nearly 5,000 construction jobs, in addition to several hundred additional Texas jobs in support of the project, including material fabrication.

Approximately 200 long-term jobs will also be created to operate and maintain the Port Arthur LNG facility.


Sempra Energy subsidiary Port Arthur LNG and Bechtel sign EPC agreement. Credit: Port Arthur LNG.

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