SNC-Lavalin and partners awarded contract extension for DUF6 conversion project for US Department of Energy

SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that its Atkins Nuclear Secured Holdings Corporation, in a joint venture (JV) partnership with Westinghouse Government Services and Fluor Federal Services, has been awarded a 14-month extension to continue operating the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio.

“The nuclear space is one of SNC-Lavalin’s core businesses. We see this is an opportunity in the U.S. to drive growth within the sector by expanding our market position in nuclear waste management.” said Ian L. Edwards, President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin.

The Atkins-led JV will continue services to support the DUF6 Project, valued at $153.5 million USD, which processes the US DOE inventory of depleted uranium hexafluoride to uranium oxides for disposition. The partners will manage and operate the two uranium conversion facilities and manage the DUF6 inventory of over 60,000 cylinders (hazard category 3 and 2 designation, respectively). The project processes the DUF6 inventory via established uranium conversion technologies to the oxide form.

“The nuclear chemical production operations involved at these plants transforms this waste into a merchant chemical product and build upon the skills of our member companies,” said Tom Jouvanis, President, Atkins Nuclear Secured.

“Regardless of where our clients are in their journey or how complex the challenges, we provide end-to-end project solutions, using a collaborative approach to ensure a seamless and timely delivery,” said Sandy Taylor, President, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin. “Our team is committed to continuing to manage and operate the conversion facilities with a rigorous and disciplined approach to safety and improvement.”

Atkins Nuclear Secured Holdings Corporation is a business unit within SNC-Lavalin’s global nuclear sector focused on the US federal market. With strengths in nuclear operations, process design engineering, waste management, characterization, transportation, disposition and high-level waste technologies, Nuclear Secured is a partner in the team managing the Tank Operations contract and the Central Plateau Cleanup Company at Hanford, leads the teams managing the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Ontario, and manages the U-233 project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Atkins Nuclear Secured, safely delivers high consequence, technically complex missions for federal governments. 

Source: SNC-Lavalin

Hitachi Energy wins major contract for the first-of-its-kind sub-sea power transmission network in the MENA region advancing a sustainable energy future for Abu Dhabi

Hitachi Energy today announced it has won a major order from Samsung C&T Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies, to connect ADNOC’s offshore operations to the onshore power grid in the United Arab Emirates owned and operated by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA).

Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light® technology and MACH™ digital control platform will enable the transfer of cleaner and more efficient power from the mainland to power ADNOC’s offshore production operations, enabling a carbon footprint reduction of ADNOC’s offshore operations by more than thirty percent.

This innovative solution reinforces Hitachi Energy’s commitment to helping customers and countries to transition towards a carbon-neutral future and help enable the ‘2050 Net-Zero Initiative’ of the UAE. 

With a capacity of 3,200 megawatts (MW), the two HVDC links will be by far the most powerful power-from-shore solution in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to date. It is also the first HVDC power-from-shore solution outside Norwegian waters. This innovative solution reflects how Hitachi Energy continues to pioneer technology to address the growing interest from national and independent oil and gas companies to power their offshore production facilities with carbon-free energy from onshore power grids.

“We are proud to be enabling Abu Dhabi and ADNOC to make significant progress on their pathway toward achieving the United Arab Emirates’ ambition to be carbon-neutral by 2050,” said Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy. He continued, “At Hitachi Energy we are championing the urgency of the clean energy transition, and this major order is further evidence that we are a ‘go to’ partner for developing and deploying technologies and solutions that are advancing the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure.

”Mr. SH Kim, Procurement Manager at Samsung C&T Corporation, commented, “In Hitachi Energy, we have selected a trusted partner who brings deep global competence and a strong mindset of collaboration and innovation.” SH Kim continued, “Together, we will serve ADNOC with pioneering technologies that are proven to deliver for such a large HVDC project.

”The entire power-from-shore project will comprise two HVDC power links, which will connect two clusters of offshore oil and gas production facilities to the mainland power grid, a distance of up to 140 kilometers for each cluster.

Hitachi Energy is supplying four converter stations, which convert AC power to DC for transmission in the subsea cables, then reconvert it to AC from DC for use in the offshore power systems. The HVDC technology will be supplied from Hitachi Energy’s global competence centers. Also included in the order are system studies, design and engineering, supply, installation supervision and commissioning. Hitachi Energy will support the customers with a long-term life-cycle service agreement leveraging digital technologies to ensure system availability and reliability over the HVDC links’ long operating life.

HVDC Light is a voltage source converter technology that was pioneered by Hitachi Energy. It is the preferred technology for many grid applications, including interconnecting national power grids, integrating offshore wind parks with mainland transmission systems, feeding more power into congested city centers, interconnecting asynchronous networks that operate at different frequencies, and power from shore.

HVDC Light’s defining features include uniquely compact converter stations (which is extremely important in space-critical applications like offshore wind, offshore production facilities and city-center infeeds), exceptionally low electrical losses, and black-start capability to restore power after a grid outage.

Hitachi Energy pioneered commercial HVDC technology almost 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC Classic projects and more than 70 percent of the world’s voltage source conversion HVDC projects.

Source: Hitachi Energy

Nextchem (Maire Tecnimont Group) in partnership with SMS Group for an EP project to support the decarbonization of a steel plant in the Russian Federation

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. has announced that its subsidiary, NextChem, has been awarded an EP Lump Sum subcontract by Paul Wurth, a company of the SMS group, to implement two Catalytic Partial Oxidation reactor units. These will be installed at an existing integrated steel production plant in the Russian Federation. 

NextChem will be a technology partner in order to implement natural gas-fed syngas generation for a blast furnace by substituting coke with a syngas production of 140,000 Nm3/h via its proprietary CPO technology.

The project’s scope of work includes the supply of proprietary technology, Basic Design and Detailed Engineering, proprietary equipment and catalyst. This will facilitate efficient natural gas conversion to hot syngas. 

NextChem will be also responsible for the supervision over the conduct of tests and the start-up of the CPO reactor units. The project’s completion is expected within 16 months from the signing date. 
SMS group selected NextChem because of its knowledge and expertise as a technology provider and its leadership in syngas production from natural gas. 

The proprietary CPO technology to be deployed by Nextchem enables the production of synthesis gas from natural gas and other gaseous hydrocarbons with enriched air and air-blown reactors.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem Chief Executive Officer, said: “The steel sector is today one of the more interesting, hard-to-abate industries on the road to decarbonization. This is one of the technologies from our portfolio that reduces the use of coal by substituting it with a synthetic gas derived from natural gas. This will be a crucial component of the energy transition. Such a technology will help close the gap between the renewables’ installed capacity and the growing demand from energy not derived from coal”.

Source: Maire Tecnimont

L&T Construction Awarded Contract for its Buildings & Factories Business

The construction arm of Larsen & Toubro has secured a significant order for its Buildings & Factories business from a reputed developer.

The residential business of Buildings and Factories has secured this order to construct one of the largest residential townships in Bengaluru. The project involves construction of 6,768 apartments spread across 39 Towers with 2 Basements + Ground + 27 to 31 Floors. Additionally, the development entails 149 villas along with club houses, swimming pools and other amenity structures. The total built up area will be 13.43 million sq.ft. The project is scheduled to be completed in 42 months. 

The scope of works includes Design & Construction of entire civil structure including waterproofing, masonry, plastering and electrical conduiting.

Source: L&T

TAQA and ADNOC Announce $3.6 Billion Project to Power and Decarbonize Offshore Operations

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced a $3.6 billion strategic project to significantly decarbonize ADNOC’s offshore production operations, further strengthening TAQA and ADNOC’s position in driving and leading sustainability efforts and supporting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ‘Net-Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative’.

The innovative project will see the development and operation of a first-of-its-kind high-voltage, direct current (HVDC-VSC) subsea transmission system in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It will power ADNOC’s offshore production operations with cleaner and more efficient energy, delivered through the Abu Dhabi onshore power grid, owned and operated by TAQA’s transmission and distribution companies.

The project will be funded through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – a dedicated company that will be jointly owned by TAQA and ADNOC (30% stake each), and a consortium comprised of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Électricité de France (EDF). Led by KEPCO, the consortium will hold a combined 40% stake in the project on a build, own, operate and transfer basis.

The consortium will develop and operate the state-of-the-art transmission system alongside TAQA and ADNOC, with the full project being returned to ADNOC after 35 years of operation. The project is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

The development is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of ADNOC’s offshore operations by more than 30%, replacing existing offshore gas turbine generators with more sustainable power sources available on the Abu Dhabi onshore power network. This progressive and collaborative approach will also drive operational efficiencies and improve system reliability of energy supply, while offering the potential for power supply cost optimization.

Yaser Saeed Almazrouei, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director, said: “ADNOC is delighted to be collaborating again with TAQA, as we jointly welcome world-class industry leaders in yet another landmark transaction that will see ADNOC make a significant step forward in our ongoing decarbonization journey. As ADNOC embraces the energy transition, this bold and progressive project will replace our existing offshore local power supply with cleaner and more sustainable onshore power sources, significantly reducing our carbon footprint while enabling additional cost savings. This first-of-its-kind project is a further example of how ADNOC is advancing practical and commercially viable solutions to secure a lower carbon future, while driving significant foreign direct investment, and, in turn, cementing Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s position as a trusted global investment destination.”

More than 50% of the project value will flow back into the UAE’s economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) program, underpinning TAQA and ADNOC’s commitment to driving responsible and sustained investment and value creation for Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group CEO and Managing Director, said: “As the recognized low carbon power and water champion of Abu Dhabi and one of the top 5 utilities in EMEA by market value, TAQA is pleased to again partner with ADNOC on such an important project that will contribute to the decarbonization of Abu Dhabi’s energy industry in such an impactful way. This first-of-its-kind project shows how the UAE continues to demonstrate its strong leadership and innovation in the global energy transition by bringing together critical players to boost sustainability credentials and maximizing the utilization of Abu Dhabi’s diverse and efficient energy mix. Decarbonization continues to provide social and economic opportunities for collaboration and growth, which TAQA is actively pursuing through its strategic alliances and partnerships in the market.”

Seung-il Cheong, President and CEO of KEPCO, said: “It is truly an honor to participate in this strategic project with ADNOC. As the Barakah Nuclear Power Project has become a token of long friendship and cooperation between the UAE and Korea, KEPCO will strive for the successful completion of this Project and contribute to the ‘2050 Net-Zero Initiative’ of the UAE.”

Kazuhiro Ikebe, President and CEO of Kyushu Electric Power Company, said: “Kyuden Group is honored to have been selected as a business partner for this project. We are pleased that the realization of this project will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions at ADNOC’s oil production facilities by more than 30%. Our Group has just announced an action plan for carbon neutrality, and we are determined to promote energy businesses that contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions globally. We hope to contribute to the stable operation of this project by utilizing the know-how we have cultivated in the electric power business in Japan and overseas.”

Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of EDF, stated: “We are grateful to have been awarded such a contract by ADNOC and TAQA in the UAE within the successful consortium, which can rely on EDF’s robust transmission engineering expertise. EDF is proud to be part of this innovative project that significantly contributes to decarbonize ADNOC operations.”

The transmission system will have a total installed capacity of 3.2 gigawatts (GW) and comprise two independent sub-sea HVDC links and converter stations that will connect to TAQA’s onshore electricity grid – operated by its subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO). Construction is expected to begin in 2022 with commercial operation commencing in 2025.

The project also offers the potential for ADNOC to more effectively utilize its rich gas – currently used to power the offshore facilities – for higher-value purposes, allowing ADNOC to generate additional revenue.

A tender for this innovative project was issued in April 2020 resulting in very strong interest from international companies. Following this highly competitive tender process the consortium was selected.

Source: TAQA


ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation, desalinated water and green hydrogen plants worldwide, announced it has finalised the project agreements for the 100MW Nukus wind project in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Valued at US$108 million, the Nukus wind farm is located in the Karakalpakstan region, in North-western Uzbekistan. This project is Uzbekistan’s first publicly tendered wind project. ACWA Power won the competitive bid after proposing a tariff of US 2.5695 cents/kwh.

ACWA Power Wind Karatau FE LLC signed the 25- year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU), and ACWA Power Wind Karatau FE LLC and ACWA Power signed the Government Support Agreement (GSA) with the Government of Uzbekistan represented by the Ministry of Finance. Representatives from the Public-Private Partnership Development Agency under the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) were also presented during the signing ceremony.“

Alisher Sultanov, Uzbekistan Minister of Energy said :We welcome this agreement as a further indication of ACWA Power’s commitment to Uzbekistan’s energy future. It is also a validation of the open and transparent bidding process we have put in place, with 12 well-qualified international bidders competing. We look forward to working with ACWA on this and its other exciting projects in our country.

The Nukus wind farm is ACWA Power’s fourth project in Uzbekistan, after the US$1.2 billion Sirdarya project, which is a 1500MW Combined Cycle Gas-Turbine (CCGT) power plant, the 500 MW Bash facility and the US$1.3 billion Djankedly wind power project in Bukhara.

The project seeks to bolster the Uzbekistan government’s efforts to diversify the country’s energy mix and increase its renewable energy capacity in line with recent strategic reforms. The country’s Ministry of Energy is targeting an 8GW capacity for solar and wind energy by 2026.

The Nukus wind farm’s financial close is expected to be finalised by the third quarter of 2022, with commercial operations scheduled for early 2024.

Source: ACWA power

Petrofac secures UK contract extension with Neptune Energy

Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the energy industry, has secured a two-year contract extension for engineering services on Neptune Energy’s Cygnus Alpha and Bravo platforms in the UK Southern North Sea.

Petrofac will provide a range of brownfield engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for the Cygnus field. It follows the award of a separate, three-year contract extension to the company earlier this year, for operations and maintenance support in the UK.

Earlier this year, Petrofac celebrated its 10th anniversary of supporting the Cygnus field, having begun working on the pre-operational phase of Cygnus in 2011.

Petrofac’s Chief Operating Officer Nick Shorten said:

“Our operations experience on Cygnus gives our engineering team unique insight into how to manage key brownfield integrity scopes and EPC modifications with ultra-efficient results; reducing impact on operations and minimising downtime in order that Neptune can continue to meet critical energy demand.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to build on that approach, and further strengthen our long-term partnership with Neptune Energy.”

Neptune Energy’s UK Managing Director, Alexandra Thomas, said: “Petrofac is an important partner for Neptune Energy in the UK with a strong and well-established understanding of the Cygnus assets.

“The offshore team’s detailed knowledge supports the safe and optimal operation of the facility, and reduces time and costs associated with planning engineering activities. This is crucial given Cygnus is a key component of the UK North Sea’s energy infrastructure, capable of producing 6% of UK domestic gas demand.”

The contract extension will take effect from 1 January 2022.

Source: Petrofac

Wood secures $160m of UK North Sea contract wins in Q4 2021, strengthening position as leading partner for asset operations

Wood has further strengthened its position as the leading partner for operations solutions in the UK North Sea following a series of contract awards with key clients in the fourth quarter of 2021, including Shell UK and Dana Petroleum.

The series of awards, collectively valued at around $160m, will see Wood leverage its rich heritage and expertise in North Sea energy infrastructure to partner with clients and build on long-standing relationships to optimise operations, increase production efficiency, and drive decarbonisation to ensure reliable, safe and sustainable energy supply across a suite of onshore and offshore assets.

A new three-year contract between Shell UK and Wood grows a multi-decade relationship to ensure the delivery of brownfield engineering, procurement and construction solutions across the company’s onshore St Fergus and Mossmorran terminals, as well as the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater offshore assets.

With Dana Petroleum, Wood continues its almost ten-year relationship to agree a three-year contract with options for extension to deliver operations and maintenance solutions across the Western Isles and Triton FPSOs.

These contract awards close a successful year for Wood in the UK North Sea, following the announcement of several other long-term contract awards throughout 2021, including with Spirit Energy and TAQA, as well as Shell and NAM in the Southern North Sea.

Craig Shanaghey, Wood’s President of Operations for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said: “The energy industry has been significantly challenged throughout the pandemic, putting pressure on asset operators and the supply chain to ensure security of energy supply under extraordinary circumstances.

“Throughout 2021 we have secured valuable contract awards that strengthen our role as a trusted partner for on- and offshore asset operations in the North Sea. The awards are recognition of the talent, expertise and capability we have within our team to deliver a positive impact on the operations of critical energy infrastructure in the UK.

“As we collectively, as a society and industry, seek to accelerate the journey towards a net zero future, a huge enabler for our success will be driving down the carbon intensity of the conventional energy production that we still need today.”

Wood’s contracts with Shell UK and Dana Petroleum will be delivered by dedicated on- and offshore teams based in the UK, securing the employment of around 200 people.

Source: WoodPlc

Nextchem (Maire Tecnimont Group) awarded engineering works by ENI for a carbon capture plant in Italy

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary NextChem has been awarded by ENI the engineering works for a carbon capture plant at the natural gas plant of Casalborsetti, in the province of Ravenna. The project could extend into a full EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) should certain conditions take place. The plant would be able to separate the CO2 from emissions from the natural gas plant’s turbo compressor, purifying and compressing them, thus allowing the capture of about 25,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The technology used for the capture of CO2 in emissions gasses operates at high efficiency and low power consumption even at low concentrations. It has already been widely used to capture emissions of hard-to-abate industrial sectors worldwide.  
NextChem has developed a range of solutions that recycle CO2 to produce new chemicals, in view of an increasingly circular economy based on industrial symbiosis.  

Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Maire Tecnimont and NextChem commented: “The capture of CO2, its value enhancement, and its reuse are a fundamental component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, towards the achievement of climate goals aimed at containing global warming. In order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the contribution of technologies for the capture, valorization and sequestration of CO2 will be crucial. We are strongly committed to this technological segment of the energy transition, and this project demonstrates that we are on the right track as we move towards achieving our goals in our Green Energy business. We are proud to have been chosen for this project, which represents a milestone at international level that will enhance the Italian industrial supply chain”.

Source: Maire Tecnimont

JGC Awarded Contract for the Mega Solar Power Plant Generation Project in Philippines

JGC Holdings Corporation (Representative Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Sato) announced that JGC Philippines, Inc. has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract of a mega solar power plant generation project with 94MWdc capacity in Bugallon, Pangasinan, Philippines for Aboitiz Power Corporation, through a special-purpose vehicle wholly owned by the company’s subsidiary Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI)

A large number of renewable energy projects are under development in the Philippines due to the Philippine government’s introduction of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), a market-based policy that mandates electricity suppliers to source an agreed portion of their energy supply from eligible renewable energy resources Aboitiz Power, leading power producer in the Philippines, is targeting to expand its total power generation capacity to 9,200 MW by 2030, half of which will come from various renewable energy sources.

This project is recognized as the first solar power plant generation project developed by AboitizPower in Luzon. The firm will continue to develop more renewable power plant projects over the next 10 years to contribute to supporting the energy transition in the country.

JGC Philippines, fully owned by JGC Group, has executed EPC and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) services for a variety of facilities in the Philippines for over 30 years. The awarding of this project is the result of the JGC Group’s extensive experience in EPC execution of solar power plants as well as JGC Philippines’ extensive project execution capability. JGC Philippines will make continuous effort to support our client’s needs related to power plant development especially renewable energy and LNG (liquefied natural gas) power generation.

JGC Group has set “Taking on EPC growth markets and segments” as one of the key strategies in its medium-term management plan “Building a Sustainable Planetary Infrastructure 2025(BSP2025).” JGC Group will strengthen our regional management structure and execute future projects closely together with local clients to leverage local resources in the region.

Source: JGC

Technip Energies and GE Gas Power Awarded FEED Study for Teesside Power, Carbon Capture and Compression Project in the UK

Technip Energies, leader of a consortium with GE Gas Power, has been selected by bp, on behalf of its partners, to perform a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the Net Zero Teesside (NZT) Power project and the Northern Endurance Partnership’s (NEP) carbon compression infrastructure in Teesside, UK.

Located in the UK’s Teesside region, the Net Zero Teesside project comprises industrial, power and hydrogen businesses which aim to decarbonize their operations and become UK’s first decarbonized cluster.

This FEED study covers design and technical solutions development for NZT Power’s proposed 860MW power station and carbon capture facility. The Technip Energies and GE Gas Power consortium will use Shell Cansolv CO2 capture technology with a planned capture capacity of 2 mtpa(1) and will be supported by Balfour Beatty for the construction. The scope also includes NEP’s planned 4 mpta Teesside high pressure CO2 compression and export facilities.

The companies will work together to develop a detailed plan for integrating amine-based carbon capture technologies at scale with a highly efficient natural gas combined cycle plant, powered by an advanced GE 9HA.02 gas turbine. This FEED study – a detailed blueprint and operating business guide – will explore gas and steam turbine equipment enhancements to improve the capture process whilst seeking to minimize the impact to plant output and performance and preserve the value that a gas turbine brings to the grid.

Net Zero Teesside Power will be one of the world’s first commercial scale gas fired power station with carbon capture and will share the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure being developed by the Northern Endurance Partnership.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, commented: “We are honoured to have been selected, along with GE Gas Power, our consortium partner, to work on Net-Zero Teesside Power, a flagship carbon capture project in the UK energy sector. Led by Technip Energies, the consortium will be supported by Shell Catalysts & Technologies, provider of the licensed Cansolv CO2 capture technology and Balfour Beatty, our UK construction partner. Our capabilities in carbon capture projects and technology integration, combined with GE Gas Power’s expertise in natural gas combined cycle plant engineering, operability, and plant integration, will support bp’s goal of developing one of the first decarbonised industrial clusters in the world. This project perfectly illustrates that cross-industries collaboration is central to reaching net-zero targets.”

Martin O’Neill, VP Strategy at GE Gas Power, added: “GE views FEED studies for CCUS projects as a crucial first step in gas plants’ journey towards decarbonisation and we are looking forward to collaborating with bp on such an important effort: capturing and reducing carbon emissions at scale in the UK. GE continues to advance our gas power technologies toward zero-carbon power generation, and part of this evolution includes building upon our experience in the carbon capture space to support carbon abatement for the combined cycle power plants of the future. Through the collaboration with Technip Energies, we’ll develop a roadmap aimed at supporting bp’s goal of developing one of the first decarbonised industrial clusters in the world.”

Stephen Tarr, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects and Highways business, said: “Today represents a significant milestone in the decarbonisation of the UK. One that further demonstrates how, together, we are harnessing the spirit of collaboration to help shape the ambitions that will help us tackle the climate change challenge. Whilst there is inevitably still more to be done, alongside the consortium partners, we are forging a path towards the sustainable infrastructure of the future; putting our foot to the pedal as we work to build back smarter, greener and faster.”

(1) mtpa : million tons per annum

Source: Technip Energies

L&T Construction Awarded Contracts for its Water & Effluent Treatment Business

The Water & Effluent Treatment Business of L&T Construction has secured a repeat order from the State Water & Sanitation Mission (SWSM), Uttar Pradesh to implement rural water supply projects providing Functional House Tap Connections (FHTC) under the Jal Jeevan Mission. 

The business has been entrusted to implement rural water supply projects catering to the potable water requirement of 1900 villages in the Prayagraj Revenue Division of Prayagraj district. The scope comprises construction of Tube Wells, Pump Houses cum Chlorination Rooms, Overhead Tanks, Treatment Systems, Solar Plants, Rising Main & Distribution Pipeline Network, Staff Quarters, Individual House Connections, etc. including allied Electromechanical & Automation works. 

The business is already executing water supply schemes in the districts of Mahoba, Banda, Chitrakhoot, Gonda, Varanasi, Lucknow and Sonbhadra for the SWSM. 

Further, the Smart Water Infrastructure segment of the Water & Effluent Treatment Business has been awarded a contract for an integrated infrastructure project at Silvassa in the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu by the Silvassa Smart City Limited. 

The scope of work includes constructing 68 Km of smart roads along with storm water drains, cross drainage structures, 24×7 water supply system, sewerage collection network, and street lighting. 

This project is a part of the Government of India’s flagship ‘Smart Cities Mission’. With this order, the Smart Water Infrastructure Business has reinforced its credentials in building smart cities and driving the development of smart infrastructure across the country.

Source: L&T

Thyssenkrupp signs contract to install over 2GW electrolysis plant for Air Products in NEOM

Air Products has awarded thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers a contract to supply a more than two-gigawatt (2 GW) electrolysis plant for one of the world’s largest green hydrogen projects at NEOM in Saudi Arabia. Under this contract, thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate the plant based on their large-scale 20 megawatt (MW) alkaline water electrolysis module. Upon commissioning, the project partners – NEOM, ACWA Power and Air Products (“NEOM Green Hydrogen Company”) – will operate the facility, which will produce hydrogen to be synthesized into carbon-free ammonia for export exclusively by Air Products to global markets. Engineering and procurement activities have been initiated, and the start of production is scheduled for 2026.

Strong partnership with strong sustainability lever
In July 2020, Air Products, together with ACWA Power and NEOM, announced the signing of an agreement for world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy. thyssenkrupp was selected by its strategic partner Air Products early in the project as technology supplier and has worked intensively on early engineering and project development. The signing of the project contract is a key milestone of both companies’ joint effort over the past year to use their complementary technology, engineering and project execution strengths to develop green hydrogen production facilities. The realization of the project leverages thyssenkrupp’s large-scale technology supporting Air Products’ development of green hydrogen for sustainable transportation, chemicals and power generation.

Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products, says: “This project milestone with thyssenkrupp furthers our strong progress at NEOM to deliver carbon-free hydrogen on a massive scale in the Kingdom and for the world. The development and execution of this innovative megaproject is one of many required to drive a successful energy transition, and we look forward to continuing to develop, build, own and operate facilities that help address the world’s significant energy and environmental challenges. This project is the kickoff to become a frontrunner in the green hydrogen economy.”

“As a world market leader in electrolysis we bring in two decisive factors to realize such gigawatt projects: With our large-scale standard module size and gigawatt cell manufacturing capacity per year together with our Joint Venture partner De Nora we are able to deliver large capacity projects today”, says Denis Krude, CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers. “With this gigawatt project, we are committed to invest into ramping up our manufacturing capacities further. We also aim for a strong local setup which is key to delivering customized service solutions throughout the entire plant life-cycle and enables our strategic partner in their vision to become a global decarbonization pioneer.”

Source: Thyssenkrupp

TechnipFMC Awarded Flexible Pipe Frame Agreements by Petrobras in Brazil

TechnipFMC has been awarded three frame agreements by Petrobras that will reaffirm the Company’s leadership position in Brazil’s flexible pipe market – the industry’s largest and most established market. Altogether, the frame agreements form a large(1) contract for TechnipFMC.

The contracts were awarded as part of Petrobras’s drive to increase oil recovery in its brownfield developments, mainly in post-salt fields offshore Brazil.

The frame agreements cover the manufacture of more than 500 kilometers of flexible pipe over the next four years, as well as services. This brings the Company’s total contracted volumes in the current year with Petrobras to around 600 kilometers.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “Petrobras is a longstanding partner of ours. Through collaboration and leveraging our expertise to engineer, design, and manufacture solutions specifically for this environment, we successfully delivered a flexible solution that maximizes oil recovery in the Brazilian deepwater environment.”

1 For TechnipFMC, a “large” contract is between $500 million and $1 billion.

Source: TechnipFMC

TA’ZIZ and Reliance Launch Strategic Joint Venture for $2 Billion Chemicals Projects in Ruwais

Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (“TA’ZIZ”) and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), have agreed to launch TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC, a world-scale chemical production partnership at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais. The new joint-venture will construct and operate a Chlor-Alkali, Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) production facility, with an investment of more than $2 billion. Representing the first production of these chemicals in the UAE, the project will enable the substitution of imports and the creation of new local value chains, while also meeting growing demand for these chemicals globally. The TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and ADQ.

The project builds on ADNOC and Reliance’s long-standing strategic partnership and is Reliance’s first investment in the MENA region. The signing of the joint venture terms, which are subject to regulatory approvals, was witnessed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO and Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani. The joint venture terms were signed by Mr. Khaleefa Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of TA’ZIZ and Mr. Kamal Nanavaty, President Strategy and Business Development of Reliance Industries Limited.

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber, said: “This strategic partnership with Reliance Industries builds on the strong and deep-rooted bilateral ties between the UAE and India and highlights the attractive and compelling value proposition offered by TA’ZIZ as we grow a globally competitive industrial ecosystem. We are delighted to partner with Reliance Industries in this new joint venture which will manufacture critical industrial raw materials for the first time in the UAE, supporting our national strategy to empower the industrial sector to become the driving force of a truly dynamic economy over the next 50 years. 

“This joint venture marks a major milestone in ADNOC’s downstream expansion and the development of the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone. It will help strengthen domestic supply chains, drive In-Country Value and accelerate the UAE’s economic diversification, in line with the leadership’s wise directives.”

Mr. Ambani, said: “This joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited and TA’ZIZ will further cement the long standing and valued relationship between India and the UAE. We are happy that we will be setting up the first projects in the vinyl chain in the UAE at TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone, which is being developed into a global hub for chemicals. 

“India’s need for PVC to propel its growth, and the value from the abundantly available feedstock in UAE, provides a win-win partnership for both companies. Close cooperation in the region based on shared objectives is key as we optimise resources and work together to enrich the lives of our citizens.”

The chemicals have a wide range of industrial applications, enabling local supply chains and meeting growing demand in key export markets. Chlor-Alkali enables the production of caustic soda, crucial to the alumina refining process. EDC is used in the production of PVC, which is used to manufacture a wide range of industrial and consumer products including pipes, windows fittings, cables, films and flooring.  The production of Chlor-Alkali, EDC, and PVC will create opportunities for export to target markets in Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as providing local industry with a source of critical raw materials manufactured in the UAE for the first time, strengthening In-Country Value.

Chemicals is a priority sector for the UAE’s industrial growth strategy, championed by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which has the goal to raise the UAE’s industrial sector’s contribution of national GDP to AED300 billion by 2031. Chemicals are an attractive sector given projected demand growth globally and the opportunity local production creates to enable new supply chains.

Today’s agreement builds on significant interest in TA’ZIZ received from local and international investors in recent months. TA’ZIZ comprises three zones, the first of which is an Industrial Chemicals Zone that will host chemicals production, with seven world-scale projects already in the design phase. The second is a Light Industrial Zone, which will be home to downstream conversion industries that will convert the outputs of the Chemical Zone into consumable products and, finally, an Industrial Services Zone that will house a variety of companies providing the necessary services required by the TA’ZIZ industrial zones and the wider Ruwais Industrial Complex. 

The Ta’ziz Industrial Chemical Zone projects are currently in the design phase with project start up targeted in 2025.

Source: ADNOC

Technip Energies Awarded a FEED Update Contract for the Ghasha Development in UAE, Including Integration of CO2 Capture

Technip Energies has been awarded a contract by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to update the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the Ghasha mega project including accelerating the integration of carbon capture into the development. This project is part of the Ghasha Concession wherein ADNOC’s strategic partners are Eni (25%), Wintershall Dea (10%), OMV (5%), and LUKOIL (5%).

The project aims to develop the untapped oil and gas reserves from the Ghasha Concession fields which is the world’s largest offshore sour gas development. The Concession area is expected to produce over 1.5bscfd(1) of natural gas, as well as condensate and oil. In addition, the COcapture, dehydration and export shall be an integral part of the project facilities, thereby reinforcing ADNOC’s decarbonization and sustainability commitments.

The start of production from the concession is expected in 2025, ramping up to full production by the end of the decade. The overall objective of the updated FEED will be to further optimize the project costs for this development as well as to accelerate the integration of carbon capture.

Marco Villa, Chief Operating Officer of Technip Energies, stated: “We are very proud to have been awarded this FEED which will be one of the largest ultra-sour gas project Technip Energies has worked on. This award is recognition of the strong competencies in gas processing as well as the relationship and trust that ADNOC has with Technip Energies for such strategic project. As part of our energy transition journey, we will contribute to a robust design of carbon capture and transportation for enhanced oil recovery, a critical element of this project. For the past four decades, we have been committed to ADNOC through added value services and continued our commitment to expand local execution capabilities and enhance In-Country Value.”

(1) Billion standard cubic feet per day.

Source: Technip Energies

McDermott Awarded Three Offshore EPCI Contracts by Saudi Aramco

McDermott continues its decades-long partnership with Saudi Aramco with three new awards for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) projects. In total, McDermott will provide EPCI of four drilling jackets and seven oil production deck modules (PDMs) in Saudi Arabia’s Zuluf, Ribyan, Abu Sa’fah and Safaniya fields located offshore in the Arabian Gulf.

“These awards are a direct result of our long track record of successfully delivering shallow water infrastructure for Saudi Aramco and our commitments to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s energy sector as well as In-Kingdom execution in line with Vision 2030,” said Tareq Kawash, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition to the seven PDMs and four drilling jackets, the scope of work for the three contract release purchase orders (CRPOs) includes EPCI of more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) of pipelines, more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) of subsea cables and tie-in works to existing facilities. Fabrication is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022, with offshore installation commencing fourth quarter of 2022 and overall completion expected second quarter of 2023.

Source: McDermott

Wood awarded Front End Engineering for Safaniyah and Manifa plant expansions

Wood has secured a multi-million dollar contract with Saudi Aramco to deliver engineering and project management services for the Safaniyah and Manifa oilfields in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The two-year contract includes the delivery of conceptual studies, front-end engineering design (FEED) and project management services for Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas, pipelines and infrastructure facilities and will maximise production capacity.

Jim Shaughnessy, Wood’s President of Conventional Energy, said: “We are delighted to continue our long and strategic partnership with Saudi Aramco, spanning more than two decades.

“We are committed to driving efficiency and economic viability for our clients. We will apply our technical expertise and digital insight to this mega-project, helping to maximise production for two of the world’s most significant offshore oilfields which will help to maintain access to secure and affordable energy.”

Wood has a successful track record of delivering worldscale FEED contracts for Saudi Aramco, including the recently completed Marjan Crude Increment Programme and Unconventional Gas Programme. The new FEED contract will be executed by Wood in its Al-Khobar Saudi Arabia and Reading UK offices, as well as Wood’s engineering services hub.

Source: Wood

Technip Energies Awarded a Substantial Petrochemical Contract by Borouge in the UAE

Technip Energies has been awarded a substantial(1) Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract in consortium with TARGET Engineering by Abu Dhabi Polymers co. Ltd. (Borouge), a joint-venture between ADNOC and Borealis, for the construction of a new Ethane Cracker Unit, to be integrated in the Borouge 4 petrochemical complex in Ruwais, UAE.

The contract was signed by H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNOC and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd. (Borouge), and Technip Energies CEO Arnaud Pieton, in presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron during the French delegation’s visit to the UAE.

This EPC contract covers the delivery of a new Ethane Cracker Unit, in excess of 1,500 KTA(2), based on proprietary Technip Energies technology. The new Borouge 4 complex will be located in the Ruwais Industrial Area in Abu Dhabi. It is considered as one of the major strategic projects to enable ADNOC to meet its target growth, which would sustain its current market share in the growing polyolefin market.

This award follows the successful execution of FEED(3) competition, reflecting Technip Energies’ selective approach to be involved at a very early stage of any development and TARGET growth strategy to cooperate with major international contractors for projects in the country.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, stated: “We are extremely honored to have been selected by Borouge both as technology provider and EPC contractor and reconfirms Technip Energies long-standing leadership in ethylene and technology integration projects execution. This award also represents an appreciation of our strong historical presence in Abu Dhabi for over four decades and our commitment to enhance In-Country Value. The Borouge team competencies and knowledge of olefins plants together with Technip Energies expertise in technology and projects execution led to effective design and optimized project economics.We will also evaluate the carbon footprint of the Borouge 4 Ethane Cracker in order to minimize future COemissions, reflecting Borouge and Technip Energies ambition to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon future.”

  1. A “substantial” award for Technip Energies is a contract award representing between €500 million and €1 billion of revenue.
  2. KTA: kilo tons per annum.
  3. Front End Engineering and Design.

Source: Technip Energies

Maire Tecnimont awarded three EPC contracts worth USD 3.5 billion by Borouge in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announces that its subsidiary Tecnimont S.p.A. has signed with Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd. (Borouge) three EPC contracts relating to the world-class fourth expansion phase (Borouge 4) of the Ruwais polyolefins complex in Ruwais, located about 240 km west of Abu Dhabi City (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies and a leading diversified energy and petrochemicals group wholly owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Austria based Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions.

The overall value of the three contracts, awarded on the basis of a competitive bidding process, is approximately USD 3.5 billion.

The three EPC Lump Sum turnkey contracts relate to the execution of three packages of the Borouge 4 project: the “polyolefin units package”, which includes two polyethylene units with a capacity of 700,000 tons per year each, and 1-hexene (1)  unit; the “cross-linkable polyethylene (2)  unit package”; the “utilities and offsites package”, which includes the utilities and offsites units for the whole Borouge 4 project. The project’s scope of work entails complete engineering services, equipment and material supply, erection and construction activities, commissioning and start up assistance. The completion in expected by 2025. Once the project is completed, the Ruwais complex will be the world’s largest single-site polyolefin facility. 

Maire Tecnimont Group has been supporting the UAE to create value by developing its energy transformation industry since the late 90s, with the first Borouge polyolefin complex (Borouge 1) completed in 2001. After three additional expansion projects in 2007, 2010 and 2018 (Borouge 2, Borouge 3, and PP5, respectively), the Group has completed the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) services for the Borouge 4 project in 2020. Maire Tecnimont Group, leveraging its NextPlant portfolio of digital solutions, actively worked right from the FEED stage with Borouge’s team to transform their business requirements into executable digital initiatives: this will ensure excellent EPC execution and improve the operation and maintenance of the new facilities since their inception, in order to make Borouge 4 a “future-ready” industrial complex.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We feel really honored to continue this historical, very fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship with a global leading player such as Borouge, complementing Adnoc and Borealis’ industrial vision with our technological know-how and capability of managing the complexity of very large and innovative projects. Our portfolio of digital solutions combined with our technology-driven process expertise will ensure the highest plant assets’ optimization and the best environmentally performing standards. As one of our greatest achievements, these three contracts confirm our global leadership in polyolefins and represent additional evidence of our value proposition’s reliability, when it comes to support clients in transforming natural resources into value-added industrial applications for everyday-life”.

(1) A value-added olefin, mainly used in the production of polyethylene 
(2) A form of polyethylene with very high resistance used predominantly in pipework systems such as domestic water and cooling systems, and electric cables insulation, as well as for chemical transportation.

Source: Maire Tecnimont

JGC Awarded FEED Contract for a nearshore FLNG facility in Malaysia

JGC Holdings Corporation (Representative Director, Chairman and CEO Masayuki Sato) announced that JGC Corporation (Representative Director and President Yutaka Yamazaki), which operates the overseas Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) business of the JGC Group, together with consortium partner Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), has been awarded the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for a nearshore Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility project in Malaysia planned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company.

In October 2021, PETRONAS called for a FEED competition of a nearshore FLNG facility with a minimum production capacity of 2 million tons of LNG per annum using feed gas supplied via an existing pipeline from offshore gas fields in Sabah, Malaysia.

JGC will be responsible for the engineering work for the FLNG topside as well as the management of the overall project whereas SHI will be responsible for the FLNG hull engineering work. Upon completion of the FEED competition, the EPC contract will be awarded by PETRONAS, subject to Final Investment Decision (FID), to the successful contractor.

Since the 1980’s, the JGC Group has executed EPC projects for all nine trains of the LNG plants at PETRONAS LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak that has an annual production capacity of approximately 29 million tons per annum. In recent years, the Group has been working with PETRONAS to improve the productivity of these plants. Furthermore, JGC-SHI was also the consortium behind the development of PETRONAS’ second FLNG facility, PFLNG Dua, which is the world’s first deep-water FLNG facility currently in production.

For this present project, JGC Group aims to leverage on its extensive track record in plant construction and strong relationship of trust with PETRONAS to compete for the award of the EPC contract.

Source: JGC

Saipem has been awarded $750 million EPC contract for Jafurah gas field

Saipem has signed a new contract with Saudi Aramco on the Jafurah Development Program in Saudi Arabia. The project involves the construction of a hydrocarbon collection system and the transport of gas and condensate to the new Jafurah plant, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Saipem will also build a system to transport water associated with the separation  of the treated gas. The contract has a total value of approximately USD 750 million.

The EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contract includes the engineering, supply of materials, construction, and commissioning of approximately 835 km of pipelines for the transportation of gas, condensate and production water.

Francesco Caio, Saipem’s CEO, commented: “The award of this new project from Aramco consolidates a long-standing relationship and Saipem’s strategic positioning in the Middle East. The agreement confirms the trust and appreciation of our customers in the project management capacity and in the cutting-edge engineering and technological services that Saipem is able to offer”.

Source: Saipem