Video: LNG Canada lifts main absorber

The Shell-led LNG Canada export project continues to progress work at the 14 mtpa plant in Kitimat in order to start production in the middle of the decade.

The project, worth more than $30 billion, said in a construction update it has recently lifted and placed the main absorber column.

“At 54m in length and weighing over 800 tonnes, it is the largest piece of equipment at our site. The successful lift was executed safely using three cranes over several hours,” LNG Canada said.

This milestone comes just weeks after LNG Canada placed the precoolers and main cryogenic heat exchanger.

LNG Canada, in collaboration with its EPC contractor, JGC Fluor and subcontractors, completed the installation of the giant equipment in October.

The heat exchanger and the other units arrived at LNG Canada’s new material offloading facility (MOF) in Kitimat Harbour earlier this year.

The project also recently surpassed the 50 percent completion mark, three years after the joint venture participants reached a final investment decision.

This includes raising “one of the world’s largest LNG tanks” with 225,000 cubic meters of usable interior space.

Besides Shell, LNG Canada partners include Malaysia’s Petronas, PetroChina, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation but also South Korea’s Kogas.

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