Cryospain wins Morocco LNG tank gig

Madrid-based cryogenic firm Cryospain said it has secured a contract to build a small liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank in Morocco.

According to a Cryospain statement, the firm has already started work on the flat bottom LNG tank which would be located in Tendrara, the site of one of the largest gas fields in Morocco.

Cryospain did not reveal the owner of the project but London-listed Sound Energy recently broke ground on its micro LNG facility in the Tendrara Concession.

This followed the notice to proceed the company’s unit issued in February to Italian contractor Italfluid for the construction of the LNG facility.

Cryospain said the Tendrara field has an “innovative system” for extracting and liquefying natural gas.

The facility would deliver an annual volume of up to 350 million cubic meters of natural gas per year to the Maghreb-Europe pipeline for a period of ten years, it said.

This contract includes the design of the complete tank and the design of civil works, the firm said.

Cryospain will prefabricate the elements in its two in-house production facilities. This is also where the company would procure the materials required for the assembly of the cryogenic tank.

Following completion of this process, the firm would ship the elements to the site for assembly of the tank, it said.

“The tank will not only have a capacity of 6000 cbm, making it the largest tank supplied by Cryospain, but it will also be the very first cryogenic tank in the country,” the firm said.

Morocco LNG update

In a separate statement released on Thursday, Sound Energy provided an update regarding the the first phase of the Tendrara development which includes the LNG plant.

The company is also working on the second phase of the project but this stage is related to pipeline gas.

Sound Energy recently entered into a pipeline tie-in agreement to the Gas Maghreb-Europe pipeline with Moroccan state-owned firm ONHYM.

The company said in the new update that LNG equipment and services provider, Italfluid, has confirmed the issuance of purchase orders for the gas processing and liquefaction packages together with the LNG storage tank.

Also, site preparation activities at the Tendrara site location continue to progress while Italfluid is advancing engineering “in line with project schedule”.

Besides these developments, Sound Energy’s unit in Morocco, SEMEL, would soon select engineering contractors for flow assurance, flowlines and owner engineering.

SEMEL also awarded a contract to Petroleum Equipment Supply Engineering Company to undertake scheduled inspection and routine maintenance of the wellhead Christmas tree assemblies on TE-6 and TE-7, the wells to supply the raw gas to the micro LNG facility.

Sound Energy added it expects Italfluid to complete site preparation works in the next six months and start civil or foundations works.

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