Canada’s Woodfibre LNG awards accommodation vessel contract

Canada’s Woodfibre LNG, a unit of Pacific Energy, has awarded a contract to Bridgemans Services to provide on-site workforce accommodation for its planned LNG export plant in British Columbia.

Woodfibre LNG chose Bridgemans to secure live-work offshore accommodation for more than 600 workers at the site.

Bridgemans will moor its vessel Isabelle at the Woodfibre LNG project site, so workers can easily move between the vessel and their workplace, according to a joint statement.

Isabelle underwent an extensive refit of its environmental systems and living, dining, recreation, and gathering areas in Europe and is in the final stages of preparation before being deployed to site in spring 2024, the statement said.

Bridgemans is also providing floatel support and workforce transfers through its marine services division.

The companies did not reveal the price tag of the contract.

BP will take all of LNG volumes

In September, Woodfibre LNG signed the third supply deal with UK-based energy giant BP for volumes from its planned export plant in British Columbia.

With the additional contract to offtake 0.45 million tonnes of LNG per year (mtpa) for 15 years on a free on board (FOB) basis, all of the LNG production from the Woodfibre LNG export facility is now committed for sale to BP.

BP said that firm offtake totals 1.95 mtpa of LNG and the remainder is on a “flexible offtake basis”.

In addition to securing LNG offtake rights from the project, BP will provide transportation of gas to the Woodfibre LNG export facility during the 15-year contact term.

The two firms signed the second supply deal in 2021, increasing BP’s total LNG offtake to 1.5 mtpa, or more than 70 percent of Woodfibre’s future annual production.

The facility will have a capacity of 2.1 mtpa.

Construction

Woodfibre LNG told LNG Prime in August that it plans to start construction work in September on its $5.1 billion LNG export facility near Squamish, British Columbia.

It said in a update on November 3 that it has started site preparation for construction.

Part of this work includes sweeps for invasive species, relocation of existing stockpiles on site, mobilization of heavy equipment and preliminary site grading to prepare the site for the start of construction.

This work is being performed by Woodfibre LNG’s construction sub-contractor, LBLNG and is part of Woodfibre LNG’s early works construction program, it said.

The company expects to launch operations at this onshore gas processing and liquefaction facility with floating storage of about 250,000 cbm in 2027.

In November 2021, Woodfibre LNG awarded the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction (EPFC) contract to McDermott.

After that, the LNG terminal developer issued a notice to proceed to McDermott in April last year to start work on its LNG terminal.

Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW), a joint venture consisting of US contractor McDermott and China State Shipbuilding Corporation, recently started building the first module for Woodfibre LNG.

QMW will build 19 modules for Woodfibre LNG and plans to complete the project in the third quarter of 2025.

Besides McDermott, Woodfibre LNG previously also awarded a contract to Siemens Energy to work on the all-electric plant.

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