Bechtel Announces First LNG Commissioning Cargo from Sabine Pass Train 1

25 February 2016 HOUSTON, Texas

The company builds on world-class experience in LNG project delivery Bechtel announced that the first commissioning cargo with liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Train 1 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project departed yesterday aboard the LNG carrier Asia Vision and is heading to Brazil. 

Bechtel is the lump-sum turnkey contractor for the five liquefaction trains currently under construction at the Sabine Pass facility located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, which is owned and operated by Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. The LNG was produced on the first of the five liquefaction trains Bechtel is designing and building, and seconded Cheniere operators are operating at the Sabine Pass facility.

"The first LNG commissioning cargo exported from the Sabine Pass facility is a historic achievement for Bechtel as it marks the first LNG export from the United States since we commissioned Kenai LNG in Alaska more than 40 years ago," said Alasdair Cathcart, general manager of Bechtel's LNG business line. "We relied on our people, their expertise and experience, in designing and building the plant, and finding innovative solutions to the challenges of megaproject construction. I would like to congratulate the entire team - our customer Cheniere, our global suppliers, and the Bechtel team - on this extraordinary achievement as it is a testament to their collaboration and hard work."

The nominal production capacity of each LNG train at the Sabine Pass facility is designed for approximately 4.5 mtpa. Bechtel designed and built the original Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, one of the world’s largest facilities for receiving and regasification of liquefied natural gas.

Bechtel is a leader in the LNG industry. The company is responsible for about 40% of the world’s LNG liquefaction capacity currently under construction, including Cheniere's Corpus Christi facility and the unprecedented scale of LNG projects on Curtis Island, Australia. Bechtel is also the principal downstream contractor for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia.