Tellurian signs agreement with Bechtel to construct $15.2B LNG facility near Lake Charles

Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian) (NASDAQ: TELL) and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (Bechtel) have entered into four fixed price, lump sum turnkey agreements totaling $15.2 billion for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Driftwood LNG, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility proposed near Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Driftwood LNG includes:


  • Twenty liquefaction units, each expected to produce up to 1.38 million tonnes per
  • annum (mtpa) of LNG;
  • Liquefaction technology from Chart Industries' proprietary Integrated Pre-cooled
  • Single Mixed Refrigerant (IPSMR®) process;
  • Twenty GE refrigeration compressors, each driven by GE aero derivative natural gas turbines;
  • Three 235,000 cubic meter, full containment LNG storage tanks; and
  • Three marine loading berths.


Driftwood LNG will be constructed in four phases, with each phase beginning operations on a staggered basis:


  • Phase 1: Up to 11 mtpa of LNG from 8 units, storage tanks 1 & 2, loading berth 1 and
  • related utilities
  • Phase 2: Up to 5.5 mtpa of LNG from 4 units, loading berth 2 and related utilities
  • Phase 3: Up to 5.5 mtpa of LNG from 4 units, storage tank 3, loading berth 3 and
  • related utilities
  • Phase 4: Up to 5.5 mtpa of LNG from 4 units and related utilities

President and CEO Meg Gentle said, "The agreements with Bechtel guarantee

performance and secure the EPC cost of Driftwood LNG at $550 per tonne, one of the

lowest-cost liquefaction construction projects worldwide. Execution of the lump sum,

turnkey EPC agreements concludes 18 months of open collaboration among Bechtel, Chart Industries, GE and Tellurian. We have worked as a team to reduce construction costs and improve operating reliability and efficiency. Bechtel is a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction of LNG facilities, having delivered 42 LNG trains on 17 projects in 10 countries. Today, production on Bechtel-built facilities accounts for 30 percent of global LNG capacity. We are proud to work together on the next generation of U.S. LNG exports."


About Tellurian Inc.


Tellurian was founded by Charif Souki and Martin Houston and is led by President and CEO Meg Gentle. Tellurian intends to create value for shareholders by building a low-cost, global natural gas business, profitably delivering natural gas to customers worldwide. Tellurian is developing a portfolio of natural gas production, LNG trading, and infrastructure that includes an ~ 27.6 mtpa LNG export facility and an associated pipeline. Tellurian is based in Houston, Texas, and its common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "TELL"


Rendering of Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG near Lake Charles, Louisiana courtesy of Tellurian