First Stage Of Jordan Cove LNG Facility Completed

October 2013, Vol. 240 No. 10

Black & Veatch and Kiewit completed the FEED work and pre-construction planning activities for the Jordan Cove Liquefaction project. Located in Coos Bay, OR, the facility will utilize Black & Veatch’s PRICO LNG technology to produce up to 6 million tons of LNG per year for export.

The facility will offer a shorter, less expensive transport route to high demand markets throughout Asia when compared to most other proposed North American export projects.

The Jordan Cove facility, owned by Veresen Inc., will include two 160,000 cubic-meter, full-containment LNG storage tanks and marine facilities to berth and load 90 LNG transport ships per year. The amount of LNG in one tank (42 million gallons) can supply enough gas to provide electrical power to 15 million homes for one day.

Impurities contained in the feed gas that can freeze at low temperatures, will be removed in two trains of gas conditioning and dehydration facilities. The trains are capable of processing 1 Bcf/d, prior to being cooled to -260F in the liquefaction process. A new 420 MW natural gas-fueled combined cycle, combustion turbine plant will generate all of the electricity and steam needed to power the facility.

The unique integration of the generation and the liquefaction facilities, which supplies the energy needs of the PRICO electric motor driven compressors as well as the steam needed for the gas-conditioning process, results in a highly energy efficient plant and low fuel gas consumption.

“Jordan Cove is an exciting project for the region and for the future prospects of U.S. natural gas exports,” said Dale Williams, project director within Black & Veatch’s Oil & Gas business.

“The scope involved with constructing the Jordan Cove LNG export facility is significant,” said Dan Lumma, senior vice president, Kiewit Energy Group. “Kiewit’s early contractor involvement during FEED has benefited the project by providing planning for the site civil requirements, the construction of an LNG ship berth, and the modularization strategy to build the facilities at this site.”

In May, the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P., with support of the Black & Veatch and Kiewit team, submitted the final application to FERC. The team is proceeding into the construction planning phase of the project in preparation for FERC permit approval which is expected in mid-2014.

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