US-based construction and engineering company, Bechtel has been chosen for Mozambique's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Anadarko Moçambique Area 1 has selected Bechtel to perform a front end engineering and design (FEED) for a new LNG facility in the country.

Under the contract whose financial terms were not disclosed, Bechtel will provide FEED services for the initial phase of the onshore plant to be constructed in the Cabo Delgado province.

The company will design a multi-train liquefaction plant with a capacity of five million metric tons per annum (MMTPA) of LNG and will design the overall LNG park plan to allow expansion of the facility to about 50MMTPA.

Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit president Jack Futcher said the latest award builds on the firm’s experience in LNG and in Africa.

"We are excited by the prospect of working with Anadarko and its partners to develop a world-class facility that will bring jobs and economic development to Mozambique," Futcher added.

First commercial LNG sales from the plant are scheduled for 2018.