Construction progresses on Golden Pass LNG export terminal

QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil are moving forward with the construction work on their $10 billion Golden Pass LNG export terminal in order to launch the facility in 2024.

State-owned LNG giant QatarEnergy owns a 70 percent stake in the project while US energy firm ExxonMobil has a 30 percent share.

Once complete, the giant facility, located next to the existing LNG import terminal in Sabine Pass, will have three trains and a total liquefaction capacity of about 16 mtpa.

Last month marked the safe arrival and installation of the project’s first main cryogenic heat exchanger, Golden Pass LNG said in a social media post on Thursday.

US LNG equipment specialist Air Products said in February it had completed the largest heat exchanger for the Golden Pass LNG export project.

Air Products built the heat exchanger that weighs nearly one million pounds at its facility in Port Manatee, Florida.

Back in February 2019, the US firm secured a contract from the Golden Pass JV to provide its proprietary LNG technology, equipment, and related process license.

The scope of supply includes its AP-C3MRTM natural gas liquefaction technology and equipment, and three of its MCR main cryogenic heat exchangers.

Other activities

Besides the heat exchanger, construction continues to progress across the LNG plant’s site.

“Golden Pass is continuing to carry out Phase I and Phase II activities, such as storm water
protection, levee construction, stockpiling of material, and piling,” the JV said in its latest monthly update sent to FERC.

In addition, the company has progressed structural steel erection and piping installation in the main pipe racks for the first train and utilities.

It has also progressed trains and utilities foundation and underground piping installation, helical piling program, and continued to set various vessels on respective foundations, the update said.

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