The terminal, which is close to the main pipeline systems in the southern US, will import LNG from Qatar's Qatargas 3 and RasGas-3 liquefaction projects and is scheduled to be operational by 2009.
Golden Pass was given final approval by the US Federal Energy Regulator Commission on July 6, 2005 and the developers awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract to build the terminal to leading US oil and gas industry contractor, Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.
CB&I's work scope includes the engineering, procurement and construction of facilities with the capacity to process 15.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG, which is equivalent to approximately 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.
The scope of the project includes the construction of two carrier unloading berths, five full-containment storage tanks, vaporization facilities and gas send-out and ship unloading systems.
Qatar Petroleum owns 70 per cent of the project, while 30 per cent is equally shared by the Exxonmobil and ConocoPhillips.