Bechtel, partners win contract for Idku energy hub in Egypt

US LNG engineering and construction giant Bechtel and its partners Enppi and Petrojet have won a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the Idku energy hub project in Egypt.

Shell Egypt, the operator of the Egyptian LNG export terminal (ELNG) in Idku, Egypt’s EGAS, and Malaysia’s Petronas awarded the contract to the Bechtel-led coalition, according to a statement.

Furthermore, the coalition will study a proposed unified power system between the onshore gas processing plant of the West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt, and the 7.2 mtpa ELNG terminal in Idku, east of Alexandria.

The FEED, for the Idku energy hub project, will explore the benefits of a one power hub concept, integrating the electrical power systems at the WDDM and ELNG, as opposed to having two separate systems.

It seeks to increase the power saving and greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement benefits of unifying the electrical power systems of the onshore plants, the statement said.

Also, the synergies will include optimization of the number of running gas turbine generators, modelling the most efficient operating mode for both plants, reducing GHG emissions, and economizing the fuel consumption in the entire hub.

This project is part of a wider program between the coalition and the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MOP) aiming to decarbonize existing oil and gas facilities across the country and deliver on its climate change strategy, according to the statement.

Bechtel, Enppi, and Petrojet would execute the FEED on a fast-track basis aiming to complete the scope of work within 2022, the statement said.

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