27 August 2013 16:13 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Technip has been awarded the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the potential expansion of the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the France-based engineering firm said on Tuesday.
Scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014, the Lake Charles Exports project includes an LNG liquefaction plant with an export capacity of 15m tonnes/year, enabling a portion of the natural gas produced from US shale to be delivered to international markets, Technip said.
Earlier this month, the US Department of Energy (DOE) granted a permit to Lake Charles Exports, allowing the joint venture to export LNG to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries. The facility was approved in July 2011 to export to FTA countries.
The joint developers of the Lake Charles project are Texas-based Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), parent owner of Southern Union and LNG project company Trunkline LNG, and UK-based portfolio supplier BG Group.
Technip said the total liquefaction capacity could be achieved through up to three identical trains, with associated utilities and offsite facilities, as well as the reuse of the existing LNG offloading, storage and marine facilities.
“Adding liquefaction capabilities to the existing infrastructure would provide the option of switching from regasification to liquefaction, depending on the world market for LNG,” said David Dickson, senior vice president of Technip’s North American region.
Air Products has been selected to supply its C3MR liquefaction process technology for this FEED study, Technip added.
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