Photo: Courtesy of Tellurian

Tellurian starts Driftwood LNG construction

U.S. LNG project developer Tellurian has started construction of phase one of the Driftwood LNG terminal, an LNG export facility in Louisiana.

Tellurian starts Driftwood LNG construction
Courtesy of Tellurian

On 28 March, Tellurian said in a statement that it has issued a limited notice to proceed to Bechtel Energy to begin the construction. The parties are under the executed EPC contract.

Bechtel’s first activities specifically include demolition, civil site preparation, and construction of critical foundations. On the other hand, Baker Hughes will progress manufacturing two of the natural gas turbines required for phase one.

President and CEO Octávio Simões said, “Energy security is a leading concern in many countries today and the U.S. must do our part to supply LNG to the global market as quickly as possible.”

He also added that by starting the construction now, Tellurian will be able to deliver the first LNG in 2026. In the meantime, they will complete the project financing.

“We are well advanced in Driftwood LNG’s detailed engineering and major equipment orders, and we have completed all the owners’ projects required for us to turn the site over to Bechtel.”

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Driftwood LNG is an approximately 27.6 mtpa liquefaction export facility near Lake Charles. Phase one will include two LNG plants with an export capacity of up to 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

The project has received all the major permits required for construction and operation. It has also progressed detailed engineering to approximately 30 per cent complete. In addition, it has finalized the purchase and lease of approximately 1,200 acres of real estate.

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