Sabine Pass LNG Terminal Development
With an existing pipeline infrastructure and access to southeast Texas and inland U.S. markets, the suitability of the Sabine Pass deepwater port for a liquid natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal became apparent to several energy companies in the early 21st century. Cheniere Energy, Inc. engaged HDR to assist with development plans for a new LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish just across the Louisiana state line along the widest point on the Sabine River navigation channel. Less than 4 nautical miles from open water, the channel depth made the location ideal because it was not subject to tidal limitations.
HDR prepared front end engineering documents (FEED) for the marine portion of the terminal, including berth dredging, jetty platforms, mooring structures, shoreline protection, a tug and line handling vessel dock, and aids to navigation, among other facilities. We also assisted with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing process.
We designed environmental mitigation to compensate for lost wetlands and aquatic habitat during the construction process. This work involved enhancing low marsh wetlands through design of circulation channels and topographic adjustments and beneficial use of dredge material to create a near-shore berm along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.