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NextDecade signs lump-sum turnkey EPC contracts with Bechtel

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NextDecade Corp. has announced that it has signed two contracts with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals (Bechtel) for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project in Brownsville, Texas. The fully wrapped lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) EPC contracts include cost, schedule and performance guarantees.

The EPC contracts are for the first phase of the Rio Grande LNG project, which consists of three liquefaction trains, two 180 000 m3 storage tanks and two marine berths totalling US$9.56 billion. Each liquefaction train is expected to have capacity up to 5.87 million tpy of LNG, which would generate an EPC cost of approximately US$543/t for the first three trains.

“We are pleased to be working with Bechtel, who is responsible for constructing about 30% of the world’s LNG capacity,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Bechtel’s extensive experience developing LNG projects on the US Gulf Coast, along with our advantaged site and technology choices, including Air Products C3MR and Baker Hughes GE rotating equipment, is expected to enable NextDecade – in just the first three trains – to have the lowest cost per ton greenfield LNG project built on the US Gulf Coast under a fully wrapped lump-sum turnkey EPC contract.”

“Throughout our competitive EPC process, Bechtel has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to safety, reliability, and efficiency,” said Ivan Van der Walt, NextDecade’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction. “Bechtel’s track record building LNG projects on the US Gulf Coast is unrivalled. Our global LNG customers, feed gas suppliers, and other stakeholders can have the utmost confidence in the on-time and on-budget delivery of our Rio Grande LNG project.”

The EPC contracts include full site preparation activities, which are expected to further reduce the costs per ton of the remaining trains to below the first phase cost of US$543/t. In addition, the EPC contracts provide NextDecade the ability to have Bechtel commence construction of the first phase of Rio Grande LNG with either two or three trains. Bechtel will perform limited notice to proceed activities from 1 June 2019 until 1 January 2020 and has agreed to accept up to US$15 million in NextDecade common stock in consideration for certain activities.

“We are honoured to be selected by NextDecade to deliver their facility using our fully integrated engineering, procurement and direct-hire construction model,” said Alasdair Cathcart, President of Oil, Gas and Chemicals for Bechtel. “Bechtel has a proud history of successfully developing lump-sum turnkey LNG projects around the world, having delivered 14 large scale LNG Trains in just the last four years.”

Pending the achievement of further commercial milestones and receipt of final regulatory approvals, NextDecade anticipates making a positive final investment decision on up to three trains of the Rio Grande LNG project as early as the end of 3Q19 and commencing operations in 2023.

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