Texas LNG Brownsville export project makes more progress for start-up in 2020

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

"Completion of this process places Texas LNG within a select group of US LNG export projects and demonstrates steady progress towards the final investment decision," Texas LNG Brownsville said.

The project, led by Chief Executive Vivek Chandra, has also entered into a master framework alliance agreement with Honeywell of the US to acquire technology solutions in feed-gas pre-treatment and automation and controls at the liquefaction plant.

The Brownsville venture is planning to produce 4 million tonnes per annum from two liquefaction Trains.

The company is aiming for the FERC authorization to site, construct and operate the proposed facilities by mid-2017.

Texas LNG plans to begin construction of Phase 1 of the project before the end of 2017 and begin production in 2020.

"Honeywell joins the growing Texas LNG team which includes leading financial, technical, environmental and legal partners including BNP Paribas, Third Point LLC, Samsung Engineering, Air Products and Braemar Engineering," the company said.

The Texas project is one of about half-a-dozen other planned LNG export projects located along the Brownsville Ship Channel. Of the current ventures, two others have been accepted into the FERC's pre-filing program.

They are Annova LNG with plans to produce 6 MTPA and the Rio Grande LNG project targeting 27 MTPA of output.

The 13 draft reports submitted by Texas LNG to the FERC cover a wide range of environmental, engineering, reliability, and safety aspects of the proposed project.

"They represent the culmination of over 200,000 man-hours of effort by Texas LNG and its technical, environmental and legal advisers," the company said.

"Following review of the draft documents and a series of expected information requests from FERC, Texas LNG anticipates grant of filing status and submission of its formal application in early 2016," it added.

CEO Chandra, a US citizen, is a recognized international expert in LNG, project development and engineering.

He has nearly 25 years of experience in global natural gas and LNG, working with companies such as Nexus Energy (Australia), Dubai Energy and Dolphin Energy, both in the United Arab Emirates and with ARCO International Oil and Gas Co. in Alaska, California and Texas.

Chandra holds a bachelor of science degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, an MSc. in Petroleum Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Diplome D'Ingenieur in Petroleum Economics from the French Petroleum Institute and a Masters in Commercial Law from Deakin University in Australia.