First LNG Trains Delivered to Calcasieu Pass from Italy

HOUSTON (P&GJ) — Venture Global LNG moved a step closer to startup of its Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility with Baker Hughes’ delivery of the first two liquefaction trains to the project site in Cameron Parish, La.

Baker Hughes shipped the modular trains from its manufacturing facility in Italy to the construction site in Louisiana. (photo: Baker Hughes)

The two midscale, modular liquefaction trains and mixed refrigerant compressor skids were shipped to Louisiana from Baker Hughes’s manufacturing facility in Avenza, Italy, more than two months ahead of the contractual delivery date, Venture Global said.

Each train, delivered complete and ready to install, was successfully unloaded, transported onto the Calcasieu Pass site and positioned on its foundations in less than a day. The first and second of the project’s 18 identical trains will be connected to their respective Chart brazed aluminum heat exchangers, or cold boxes, eight of which are already installed on site.

“The delivery of the highly optimized 0.6 MTPA LNG trains, fabricated in factories, less than 15 months after the project’s final investment decision represents not only a major project milestone but also a step-change in LNG construction,” Venture Global said.

Baker Hughes said the early delivery of the two trains reflects the company’s long heritage of LNG innovation, citing a reduction in installation time and costs of up to 30%.

“The completion and delivery of our first two liquefaction modules demonstrates the first-class execution and collaboration inherent in our long-term relationship with Baker Hughes,” Venture Global LNG executive co-chairman Bob Pender said.

“Despite the effects of COVID-19 and multiple Gulf Coast hurricanes, we will now begin installing these trains ahead of the contracted schedule,” Pender added.  “This is a leap forward in LNG infrastructure development.”

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