Shell’s LNG Canada hits new milestone

A joint venture of JGC and Fluor has completed the module fabrication program for Shell’s giant LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia.

According to a statement by US engineering firm Fluor, the final module arrived by ship on Monday from COOEC-Fluor’s fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China.

This “significant milestone” marks the completion of a “critical phase” in the construction of the large LNG export plant in Kitimat, Fluor said.

Fluor, along with its joint venture partner JGC, is delivering multiple aspects of the LNG Canada project.

This includes engineering, procurement, fabrication and delivery of modules, and construction of the project’s infrastructure and utilities, marine structures, and LNG storage tank.

Fluor said the first major module, measuring 44.1 meters tall and weighing more than 5,000 tons was received in March 2022.

Overall, a total of 215 modules of varying sizes have been received and are being set at the project site, it said.

This includes 35 large modules built by China Offshore Oil Engineering (COOEC), a unit of CNOOC, at its Qingdao yard.

LNG Canada’s CEO Jason Klein recently said that the project is almost 85 percent complete.

Besides Shell, other partners in Canada’s first LNG export terminal include Malaysia’s Petronas, PetroChina, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, and South Korea’s Kogas.

The first phase of the LNG Canada project includes building two liquefaction trains with a capacity of 14 mtpa in Kitimat.

Shell and its partners in the project expect to deliver the first cargo by the middle of this decade, and they are also evaluating the second phase of the project.

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