A joint venture (JV) comprised of CB&I and Zachry Industrial has secured a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Freeport liquefaction project in Texas, US.

The Zachry and CB&I will engineer and design three LNG liquefaction trains and corresponding pretreatment facilities near the existing Freeport LNG regasification terminal.

Within the three-train design, the JV will develop a fixed price/fixed schedule proposal for both a one-train initial development and a two-train initial development.

The design of the three-train project will allow Freeport LNG the ability to choose the size of the initial project phase based on customer demand.

The FEED, set for completion in late third quarter 2012, will set the stage for mobilization, likely in first quarter 2013.