When Cheniere Energy Partners LP planned its original regasification plant on the Gulf of Mexico, the United States was one of world’s largest importers of natural gas. Booming gas output from the country's shale formations subsequently turned that market around.
Quick turnaround for an LNG customer
Bechtel built and expanded the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal between 2005 and 2009. Now we’re adding liquefaction capability so that the terminals’ storage tanks, shipping berths, and pipelines can do double duty and our customer can be among the first to market with export capability.
No rain checks, no excuses, no delays
Construction of Phase 1 of the Sabine Pass LNG receiving, storage, and regasification terminal was an extraordinary accomplishment.
Shortly after work began in 2005, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed nearby New Orleans and contributed to a severe shortage of craft labor throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast region. The project later took direct hits from five more tropical storms or hurricanes, including Hurricane Rita, which further devastated the area.
Bechtel’s team worked around these acts of nature to keep the job on its original schedule. That success earned us a contract in 2006 to expand on our original work. In September 2008, foul weather, this time Hurricane Ike, hit Phase 2. While the installed facilities were mostly untouched, our team’s decisive action minimized damage to materials awaiting installation and kept the work on track.
Training for the (re)building trades
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Bechtel and other Business Roundtable member companies formed the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Initiative as a public-private partnership to help meet demand for skilled construction workers.
Owners, contractors, labor organizations, community colleges, and government agencies recruited and equipped nearly 20,000 workers with construction trade and basic safety skills. The training helped local people rebuild the region and embark on lasting careers.
From shore to ship
On a Sabine River estuary adjacent to the receiving terminal we built and expanded, Bechtel is now adding two refrigeration trains. This conversion to a bidirectional facility will let our customer liquefy and export U.S. natural gas or import and regasify foreign-sourced LNG, depending on market conditions.