Shell’s LNG Canada and its contractors have completed LNG tank hydro testing at the project site in Kitimat, British Columbia.
The test included pumping 170,000 cbm of water into the large tank with a capacity of 225,000 cbm.
“This critical procedure, also known as hydrostatic testing, ensures LNG tank safety and reliability, and regulatory compliance,” LNG Canada said.
LNG Canada said this achievement is a “major step forward” as it works to ship its first cargoes by mid-decade.
Main contractor JGC Fluor recently also completed the module fabrication program for LNG Canada.
Overall, a total of 215 modules of varying sizes have been received and are being set at the project site.
This includes 35 large modules built by China Offshore Oil Engineering (COOEC), a unit of CNOOC, at its Qingdao yard.
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 and are also evaluating the second phase of the project.