An Invitation to Tender (ITT) has been issued to US and international consortia to bid for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to convert Energy Transfer’s existing LNG import facility at Lake Charles.
The gas importer wants to convert the Lake Charles LNG facility into a large-scale LNG export project.
This follows the signing of a project framework agreement between Shell US LNG and Energy Transfer in March, outlining the commercial terms and plans to move the proposed 16.45 mill tonnes per annum LNG export project at Lake Charles towards a final investment decision (FID).
Lake Charles LNG is a 50/50 joint venture between Energy Transfer and Shell.
“We are excited to announce this major milestone in the development of the Lake Charles LNG liquefaction project,” said Tom Mason, President, Lake Charles LNG. “The prospective bidders are world-class EPC contractors who will bring extensive LNG experience to bear as they develop their bids.”
“The invitation to tender is another step in our journey to progress a competitive and safe LNG project on the US Gulf Coast,” said Frederic Phipps, Lake Charles LNG project’s Vice President. “Already, leading EPC providers have expressed interest in participating in Lake Charles LNG, a project that will contribute to growing US LNG exports should a FID be taken.”
The project is fully permitted, uses existing infrastructure and benefits from abundant natural gas supply and proximity to major pipeline infrastructure, including Energy Transfer’s vast pipeline network, the stakeholders claimed.