Energy Transfer and Shell have issued an invitation tender for an engineering, procurement and construction contract to convert Energy Transfer's already existing liquefied natural gas import terminal in Lake Charles into an export terminal.
"We are excited to announce this major milestone in the development of the Lake Charles LNG liquefaction project," Lake Charles LNG President Tom Mason said in a statement. "The prospective bidders are world-class EPC contractors who will bring extensive LNG experience to bear as they develop their bids."
The facility was originally developed as an LNG import terminal in 2006 by Energy Transfer but later in 2015, FERC gave permission to build an export terminal at the site shortly after the shale revolution.
Once the export terminal project is completed, it is estimated to create up to 5,000 local jobs during construction and 200 full-time positions when fully operational. In 2016, Shell entered into a 50-50 joint venture with Energy Transfer to develop the liquefaction plant that can produce up to 16.45 million metric tons of LNG per year.