Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announces that Third Point LLC will provide development capital for the 2 MTA (Million Tonnes per Annum) LNG export project being developed on a deepwater frontage site along the Port of Brownsville shipping channel in Brownsville, Texas, USA ("Project").
Third Point LLC, a New York based investment fund with approximately $17 billion in assets under management, will take an equity interest in the project and join the board of Texas LNG.
Vivek Chandra, CEO of Texas LNG stated, "The ability of Texas LNG to attract investment from a leading financial institution such as Third Point is a testament to the experience of the Project management team and its strategies. Third Point's investment in Texas LNG greatly de-risks the Project for all stakeholders, including feed gas suppliers, LNG offtakers, and future strategic investors. We look forward to advancing our ongoing discussions with these parties in the near future."
In late October 2014, Texas LNG LLC and its strategic and engineering partner, Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. ("Samsung Engineering") successfully completed the four-month pre-Front End Engineering Design ("pre-FEED") study in Houston, Texas. Thereafter, teams from Texas LNG and Samsung initiated the 12-month FEED phase of the Project. A large FEED team has been mobilized at Samsung's Global Engineering Center in Seoul, Korea with the support of other Samsung Engineering entities in Korea, US, India and Thailand.
The FEED contract is intended to be converted into an engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPC & PM) contract. Although the EPC & PM contract value has yet to be agreed, other existing LNG liquefaction terminals of similar size are valued over USD 1 billion. The base case for the Project remains construction of the liquefaction unit in a controlled shipyard environment. Texas LNG's development strategy is to minimize the environmental impact of current gas flaring, add value to the local community through local business cooperation and job creation, and contribute positively to the USA's balance of trade.
Samsung Engineering's President & CEO Mr. Choong Heum Park commented, "We have been putting utmost efforts to provide the best solution for Texas LNG with our reliable highly skilled team of LNG project engineers and experts. Successful completion will create the stepping stone for us to become a major player in the LNG market."
Results of the pre-FEED and FEED studies will provide crucial inputs to the FERC process, expected to begin in early 2015.