Construction progresses on Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG terminal

US engineering and construction giant Bechtel is moving forward with initial construction work on the first phase of Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG export project in Texas worth about $13 billion.

LNG player Sempra Infrastructure, a unit of Sempra, took a final investment decision on March 20 for the first phase of its Port Arthur LNG export project.

The first phase of the project is fully subscribed with 10.5 Mtpa under binding long-term agreements.

Sempra Infrastructure previously entered into long-term agreements with each of ConocoPhillips, Ineos, Engie, RWE, and PKN Orlen.

Besides a 20-year LNG SPA for 5 million tonnes of LNG, US energy giant ConocoPhillips is also a shareholder in the project, while an infrastructure fund managed by KKR will acquire a 49 percent indirect, non-controlling interest in the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project, according to Sempra.

The expected commercial operation dates for Train 1 and Train 2 are 2027 and 2028, respectively.

Bechtel won the EPC contract which includes building two trains with a total capacity of about 13 million tonnes per annum and two storage tanks with a capacity of 160,000 cbm.

Also, Bechtel awarded Port Arthur LNG contracts to Air Products, Elliott, and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.

Site preparation

Sempra Infrastructure’s unit Port Arthur LNG said in a monthly status report filed with FERC that construction-related activities during August included site clearing, grubbing, stripping, soil stabilization activities, dredging, piling, and maintenance of ECD’s.

The firm said that delivery of concrete piles by road and water continued during the last month as well as driving in areas of Train 1 main pipe rack.

Construction progresses on Sempra's Port Arthur LNG terminal
Image: Port Arthur LNG

According to Port Arthur LNG, dredging and survey activities were completed at Pioneer Dock 1 and dredging started at MOF area.

In addition, construction of the future Entergy substation pad and access roads continued during August, it said.

“Bechtel continued to mobilize equipment and personnel to the project site, conduct safety, and environmental training,” Port Arthur LNG said.

During September, Bechtel will continue with site preparation, soil stabilization, and pile driving activities, it said.

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