US-based engineering and construction firm Fluor has received a contract from New Fortress Energy (NFE) for the engineering, procurement and fabrication management of the Fast LNG II export facility in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The project will involve building a gas treating and liquefaction plant, which is planned to be placed on fixed offshore platforms.

The plant will have a production capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquid natural gas (LNG).

Fluor Energy Solutions group president Jim Breuer said: “Fluor, in conjunction with key licensors and suppliers, provides NFE with an integrated modular mid-scale LNG export solution for these projects.

“The Fluor design and execution plan facilitates repeatable project models that can be used to replicate similar plants in the future.”

In March this year, Fluor received a limited notice to proceed from NFE for the construction of the Fast LNG I project, a 1.4Mtpa modular liquefaction facility.

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The Fast LNG I project features a modular mid-scale design and is planned to be installed on repurposed drilling jack-up rigs.

In an earlier press statement, NFE said: “NFE’s Fast LNG liquefaction design pairs the latest advancements in modular, midsize liquefaction technology with jack-up rigs or similar offshore infrastructure to enable a much lower cost and faster deployment schedule than today’s floating liquefaction vessels and onshore liquefaction terminals.”

NFE’s Fast LNG project comes amid efforts by the US and Europe to ensure additional LNG volumes for the European Union (EU).

It is expected to contribute to the EU’s aim to end its reliance on Russian gas following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The project aims to provide a low-cost LNG supply and will be located in federal waters approximately 16 miles from the southeastern coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

It is planned to be commissioned in the first quarter of next year.