Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Building one third of the global LNG capacity—more than any other contractor

A leader in the LNG industry, Bechtel is currently building 12 LNG liquefaction trains in Australia and the United States.  Over the years, Bechtel has built 41 trains producing roughly 120 million metric tons per year.  This distinctive track record covers 16 sites and 10 countries around the world. 

Our successful collaboration with ConocoPhillips, using the Optimized Cascade® LNG Process has revolutionized the industry.The Optimized Cascade process is based on a "two-trains-in-one" reliability concept that has been successful in more than four decades of plant operation. The Optimized Cascade was first used in Alaska, at the Kenai LNG plant built by Bechtel in 1969.

Bechtel has designed and built LNG facilities in Australia, Africa, and the Americas, delivering solutions for large-scale construction, complex logistics in remote areas, global supply needs, and extensive capacity building in local communities.

We also have a dedicated LNG Technology Center to support design improvements and execution efficiency.

Our expertise

  • LNG liquefaction plants
  • LNG facility expansions
  • LNG regasification terminals
  • LNG peak-shaving and transportation facilities
  • LNG tanks

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Bechtel has built a third of all grassroots LNG projects awarded over the last 15 years.

The basics of LNG

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas chilled to minus 162 degrees Celsius (minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit). At this temperature, natural gas becomes a liquid that occupies one six-hundredth the volume of gas, so it can be transported safely and economically. LNG can then be regasified and used for heating, cooking, fueling power plants, and many other industrial purposes.

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