CIP has awarded Técnicas Reunidas an engineering contract for a large-scale green hydrogen plant

The Catalina project, developed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has awarded Técnicas Reunidas an engineering contract for the development of a large-scale green hydrogen generation plant to be built in Andorra (Teruel, Spain).

The engineering contract includes the plant configuration study, the preparation of relevant technical documentation for permits and a full cost estimate.

The first stage of the Catalina project is undertaken by CIP in partnership with Enagás Renovable, Naturgy and Fertiberia. It involves the development of a 500 MW green hydrogen generation plant that will produce more than 50,000 tonnes per year.

The hydrogen produced will be transported via a pipeline 221 kilometres long to major industrial customers in the Mediterranean area, including a newly built, state-of-the-art green ammonia plant with an annual production capacity of up to 247,000 tonnes, as well as to other refining facilities and tile companies.

It is estimated that in this first stage Catalina will contribute to the avoidance of almost 0.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

In a second phase of the project, the green hydrogen production capacity will increase to 2 GW. This production will cover 30% of Spain’s current demand for green hydrogen.

José Gómez-Arroyo, Catalina Project Director, has stated that “Catalina is a first-of-a-kind large scale green hydrogen project that will contribute enormously to the energy transition and emissions avoidance of Spanish industry, and to European energy independence.

Catalina is one of the early-stage large scale projects that’s help make viable the Spanish hydrogen backbone infrastructure as well as international interconnectors. Catalina is partnering with leading companies in their fields to ensure delivery of this highly complex project. We are happy to announce our partnership with Técnicas Reunidas and we look forward to working with them in the next phase of Catalina’s development. Gonzalo Pardo, Commercial Director for Power and the Energy Transition of Técnicas Reunidas, stressed that “this contract is yet another example of our company’s firm commitment to projects related to energy transition and decarbonisation, as it adds to the long list of initiatives that we have been developing for three years in relation to green hydrogen, the circular economy and carbon capture”.

Source: Tecnicas Reunidas

Wood secures engineering contract for Pathways Alliance CCS pipeline

Wood will perform engineering services for a significant carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline project involving Canada’s six largest oil sands producers.

The contract, awarded by the Pathways Alliance, will support the engineering and design of an approximately 400-kilometre main transportation line and laterals linking oil sands facilities in Fort McMurray, Christina Lake and Cold Lake regions with a subsurface carbon sequestration hub near Cold Lake. The distribution system, along with the required metering and booster stations will gather and transport up to 40 Mt/year of carbon dioxide from more than 20 oil sands facilities by 2050.

The transportation pipeline system with varying diameters is a key component of the Pathways Alliance foundational project that is expected to reduce emissions by 10 to 12 million tonnes annually by 2030, about half of the Alliance’s 22 million tonne goal by the end of this decade.

Established in 2021, the Pathways Alliance operates about 95% of Canada’s oil sands production and is working, with the support of the Canadian and Alberta governments, to achieve the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production by 2050.

John Day, Senior Vice President of Oil and Gas, Americas, at Wood, said: “The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is imperative for our energy future. The collaboration and innovation fostered by the members of the Pathways Alliance is a prominent response to the world’s growing emissions while maintaining critical energy supply from these important assets.

“We are proud to partner with the Pathways Alliance as we incorporate learnings from our initial studies to inform the next stage of engineering for the transportation pipeline system. Wood is a recognised leader in carbon capture and carbon dioxide pipelines, and we have been aiding emission reduction projects for decades.

“Our detailed knowledge of the Canadian oil sands and their producing organisations allows us to make a significant impact on this project which will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and further afield.”

Source: Wood

Saipem and Seaway7 Announce Fixed Offshore Wind Commercial Collaboration Agreement

Saipem and Seaway7 announced that they have entered into a commercial collaboration agreement to jointly identify, bid and execute fixed offshore wind projects.

Saipem and Seaway7 will pursue selected projects where the combined utilisation of the companies’ complementary world-class assets, technologies, products and competencies will generate significant synergies and improve project economics.

Saipem and Seaway7 will deploy key enabling assets and capabilities to cover activities such as front-end engineering design (FEED), procurement, construction, transportation and installation of foundations and inner-array cables, as well as the installation of substations and wind generator turbines. The target projects are large integrated turnkey developments in Europe, the UK, and the US, with the possibility of expanding to other geographic areas.

The collaboration will enhance operational flexibility and enable early engagement with both clients and the supply chain to optimise design and execution strategies, and to secure critical enabling assets, including vessels and yards.

Gianalberto Secchi, Chief Operating Officer of the Offshore Wind Business Line at Saipem commented: “The agreement with Seaway7 represents an important milestone to offer a more competitive value proposition to our clients on certain integrated fixed wind projects. Together, we will be able to provide a full set of services for wind farms in line with Saipem strategy to best serve the growth in renewable power production projects”.

Stuart Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer at Seaway7 commented: “We are very pleased to partner with Saipem for this cooperation which builds upon the successful collaboration on the Seagreen project. Working together, we will be well-positioned to efficiently utilise complementary assets and capabilities to create differentiated technical solutions and further optimise project execution. Importantly, the strengthened offering will also expand the potential market for EPCI opportunities through our combined fleet and expertises”.

Source: Saipem

TechnipFMC Awarded Significant Contract by TotalEnergies EP Angola for Girassol Life Extension (GIRLIFEX) Project

TechnipFMC has been awarded a significant contract to supply flexible pipe and associated hardware for the first subsea life extension project by TotalEnergies EP Angola and its Block 17 Partners in West Africa.

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, and supply of flowlines and connectors for the Girassol Life Extension project (GIRLIFEX), offshore Angola. The flexible pipes will extend the life of the Girassol field by bypassing the rigid pipe bundles installed before production began in 2001.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “Awards like GIRLIFEX are a result of the trust we have built up with our long-term clients and partners by continually delivering for them. We are delighted that TotalEnergies EP Angola is showing continued confidence in our technologies and integration capabilities.”

For TechnipFMC, a “significant” contract is between $75 million and $250 million. This award was included in inbound orders in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Source: TechnipFMC

Wood to support world’s largest terrace wall steam reformer project

Methanol is used in the production of hundreds of everyday products, including disinfectant, paint and gasoline additives, and it has become an affordable, alternative fuel due to its efficient combustion, ease of distribution, and wide availability around the globe.

Wood was awarded a contract by Atlantic Methanol Production Company (AMPCO) to deliver engineering, design, procurement, QA/QC, and project management services to their Bioko Island methanol plant in Equatorial Guinea.

As a more environmentally friendly, biodegradable fuel source, methanol is an attractive alternative to support decarbonisation targets. The plant, which has been operating successfully for around two decades, is one of Africa’s largest methanol plants, producing roughly one million metric tons of methanol per year, supporting increased global demand.

Wood successfully installed the methanol plant’s terrace wall steam reformer in the early 2000’s and has been supporting the plant throughout its operation, including providing thermal studies and completing a radiant firing wall replacement project in 2019.

As part of the awarded scope, Wood is supplying aftermarket services, including more than 750 catalyst tubes and spares for installation at the site. Specialist teams in both New Jersey and Milan are jointly executing the engineering, design, procurement, QA/QC, and project management for the development.

Azad Hessamodini, Executive President of Wood Consulting said, “The global methanol market is anticipated to grow to reach 135.60 million tons by 2030 due to increased demand for the chemical and its by-products across multiple industries.”

“Wood is delighted to continue supporting AMPCO’s operations as they meet this demand and explore emerging clean energy applications for methanol products. Our aftermarket services play an integral part in achieving plant reliability and cost-effective, optimised performance.”

Wood has supplied more than 220 terrace wall steam reformers to the downstream industry worldwide and has supported the design, fabrication, operation, and maintenance of proprietary technology for over 100 years.

Source: Wood

Technip Energies Selected by Arcadia eFuels for the World’s First Commercial Facility to Produce eFuels from Renewable Electricity and Captured CO2

Technip Energies has been awarded a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract by Arcadia eFuels for the world’s first commercial eFuels facility for sustainable aviation fuels production in Vordingborg, Denmark. Pre-FEED and early works recently concluded, and parties aim to support plant startup in 2026.

Arcadia eFuels will use renewable electricity, water, and biogenic carbon dioxide to produce eFuels that can be used in traditional engines and supplied to the market in existing liquid fuel infrastructures.

The FEED covers the engineering of the first eFuels plant that will produce approximately 80,000 MTPA of eJet Fuel (eKerosene) and eNaphtha, using novel yet proven technologies. It also covers the engineering of a 250 MW electrolyzer plant to produce green hydrogen. The plant will be designed with a flexible product slate to also allow for production of eDiesel. These fuels allow airlines to cut their carbon emissions proportionally therefore providing the ability for airlines and heavy transportation to meet both voluntary carbon reductions and proposed EU mandates for eFuels use.

Laure Mandrou, SVP Carbon Free Solutions of Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased to have been selected by Arcadia eFuels for the FEED of this world’s first commercial power-to-liquid project for eKerosene production for the aviation industry. By leveraging our engineering expertise and our collaboration to integrate electrolysis and gas to liquid technologies, we are committed to bringing this unique project to the execution phase as we continue to support the world’s energy transition.

Amy Hebert, CEO of Arcadia eFuels, commented: “Technip Energies is a leader in the engineering services for Energy Transition and has the appropriate experience and drive to ensure a successful first of a kind project for Arcadia eFuels.

The eJet fuel complies with the internationally accepted standard ASTM D7566, FT-SPK (Synthesized Paraffinic Kerosene) and can be blended up to 50% with conventional jet fuel for use as aviation fuel.

Source: Technip Energies

Equinor awards contract worth NOK 8 billion to Aibel

Equinor has, on behalf of the Snøhvit partnership, awarded Aibel a major contract for Hammerfest LNG modifications in connection with the Snøhvit Future project. The contract is subject to governmental approval of the project.

Aibel has been awarded an EPCI contract that involves engineering, procurement, construction and installation of two new processing modules related to the onshore compression and electrification of the Melkøya plant. They will also build a new receiving station for power from shore and carry out integration work at the plant.

The contract is an option in the FEED contract (front-end engineering and design) awarded to Aibel in September 2020.

Aibel has been one of our main suppliers for Hammerfest LNG since the start-up in 2007. They know the plant well, have set up a local department in Hammerfest, and have solid experience from other major modification projects on plants while on stream. I therefore have high expectations of them doing a good job safely. This contract will have major ripple effects locally, regionally and nationally,” says Mette H. Ottøy, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.

Aibel will also carry out further upgrades of existing systems at Hammerfest LNG to make the plant more resilient for extended life until 2050.

This year and next, Aibel will award several major contracts to its subcontractors for work at the plant and will facilitate the use of local suppliers in several phases of the project, including construction. The engineering/design work starts immediately.

Aibel will carry out large, complex modifications at Hammerfest LNG. They will also build larger modules at their yards and most of the work will be carried out in the period of 2024-2026.

The largest project at Melkøya since the plant came on stream Snøhvit Future will create significant ripple effects. It is expected that about 70 percent of the value creation will go to Norwegian companies, and more than a third of this to Northern Norway. Regional employment during the project period is estimated at 1 680 person-years (5 400 person-years nationally).

The Snøhvit Future project consists of online compression and electrification of Hammerfest LNG at Melkøya. As the pressure drops in the reservoirs, compression is required to ensure sufficient flow of the gas to the plant. The project will extend plateau production and ensure high gas exports, jobs, and ripple effects also after 2030, while reducing CO2 emissions from the plant by 850,000 tonnes annually, corresponding to 2 percent of Norway’s total emissions. The Norwegian parliament has decided to reduce Norwegian emissions by 55 percent by 2030.

NOK 13.2 billion will be invested in the Snøhvit Future project, ensuring continued operation of the plant towards 2050.

Source: Equinor 

MHB Awarded the EPCI Contract from Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE), has secured a contract from Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company Sdn Bhd (CPOC) with an approximate value of RM 1.4 billion to undertake the provision of engineering, procurement, construction & installation (EPCI) of five (5) wellhead platforms, five (5) subsea pipelines and host tie-ins works. The EPCI contract is for the Joint Development Area (JDA) Field Development Project (Phase 6) located in the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (MTJDA).

The contract scope of work involves the construction of five (5) wellhead platforms* weighing an average of 2,000-metric tonne (MT), namely ADC, ADD, ADE, JKC and JKD, including the works on associated subsea pipelines and telecommunication upgrades. Once completed, the platforms will be installed in a water depth ranging between 55m and 65m, in the area under B-17-01 of south of the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Thailand and Malaysia.

Pandai Othman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of MHB said, “This award is a testament to our proven and trusted 50-year track record, fortifying our strong technical expertise and our ability to deliver. This project was competitively tendered among a number of prominent regional players. Our drive to offer the best technical and commercial package whilst ensuring that we meet all our client’s expectations were key to our success in winning this award.”

“This is our third major win after having won two projects within the last one-year period namely, the Rosmari-Marjoram and Kasawari Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) projects from Shell and PETRONAS respectively. These new developments signify the recovery of the oil & gas industry in the region after a period of slowdown due to the pandemic. We are prepared for a busy time ahead for the industry by reactivating the East Yard as prompt and ready response for upcoming demand.”

“In order to provide optimum solutions to our clients, we continue to upskill and solidify our presence as one of the best oil and gas service providers in the region, backed by our latest technological advancements in digitalisation and automation. We are honoured to be entrusted with such a significant project from CPOC and to contribute to the success of lasting diplomatic ties between Thailand and Malaysia,” he added.

Source: MHB

Nextchem awarded a feasibility study by Foresight Group to decarbonise the ETA Manfredonia waste-to-energy plant in Italy

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announces that its subsidiary NextChem has been awarded a Feasibility Study by Foresight Group for a carbon capture and sustainable methanol synthesis plant in the ETA Manfredonia waste-to-energy plant in Puglia, a Southeastern Italian region. Upon completion of the Feasibility Study, the success-ful finalisation of the permitting process as well as the subsequent final investment decision, the execution of the engineering and construction phases will be carried out by other Maire Tecnimont Group’s subsidiaries, under an integrated approach aimed at valorising distinctive skills and competences within the Group.

Foresight Group is a 13-billion-Euro sustainability-led, alternative assets fund manager invested into several assets globally including waste-to-energy plants. 

NextChem will be responsible for identifying the best decarbonisation proposal for the plant, providing a tailored solution thanks to its technological portfolio. The project aims to valorize about 200 ktonne/year of CO2 currently emitted to atmosphere by combining it with green hydrogen for the production of sustainable fuel. 

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem: “This award sets the basis for the realisation of one of the main projects for CO2 valorisation in Italy, strengthening Maire Tecnimont Group’s role as energy transition enabler. We are eager to start supporting Foresight Group in achieving its sustainability goals within the ETA Manfredonia Plant”.

Source: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A

Globeleq Appoints Toyota Tsusho Corporation as the EPC Contractor for the $108 Million Menengai Geothermal Project In Kenya

Globeleq, the leading private power company in Africa, has executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and a long-term service agreement (LTSA) with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) for the 35MW Menengai geothermal project in Nakuru County, Kenya. Mike Scholey, CEO of Globeleq and, Kazumasa Kimura, COO for the Africa Division of TTC signed the agreement in Tokyo.

Globeleq’s $108 million Menengai project will be the company’s first geothermal plant and the signing of these agreements is a major milestone for the project after financing agreements were signed in December 2022 with the African Development Bank, the Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank and Finnfund.

During COP27, President Ruto of Kenya and Prime Minister Sunak of the UK jointly committed to fast-track green investment projects worth KES500 billion in the country, which included the Menengai project. The project will deliver clean, reliable and affordable baseload power to the national grid and also benefits from a Letter of Support issued by the Government of Kenya. Construction of the project is expected to commence during the first quarter of 2023 once financial close has been reached. Globeleq will operate and maintain the power plant once it reaches commercial operations in 2025.  The steam turbine and generator will be manufactured by Fuji Electric.

Mike Scholey, Globeleq’s CEO said: “We are very excited to partner with TTC, which has an established presence in Africa and a proven track record in Kenya’s geothermal sector. Menengai will be Globeleq’s first geothermal plant and will contribute to reducing the cost of power in the country.  Having signed these key project agreements with TTC after achieving a fully committed financing about a month ago, we will now work with the Government of Kenya to reach Financial Close and start construction as soon as possible.”

Richard Bielle, CEO for Africa Division of TTC and President of CFAO said: “We are very pleased to partner with Globeleq as their chosen EPC contractor for the Menengai geothermal project. TTC has been involved in Kenya since 1962 and, through our fully owned subsidiary, CFAO, we have a strong footprint in Renewable Power Development, and Mobility, Healthcare, Consumer and Infrastructure sectors.  With our rich experience in the geothermal sector and our local communication network in Kenya, we, together with Globeleq, are excited to contribute to this project toward stable and affordable supply of electricity in Kenya.”

Menengai is a greenfield geothermal project and part of the first phase of the wider Menengai complex, which is the second large-scale geothermal field being developed in Kenya after Olkaria. Steam will be supplied to the project by Geothermal Development Company (GDC), a Kenya government-owned company under a 25-year project implementation and steam supply agreement.

Once operational, electricity will be sold to Kenya Power, the national distribution company, under a power purchase agreement for the same timeframe. The project will deliver clean and cheap baseload power to the national grid and enable GDC to monetise the available steam resources from the Menengai steam field.

Source: Globeleq

McDermott and Eunice Energy Group Sign MOU for GAP Interconnector Project

McDermott and Eunice Energy Group announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation on the two-gigawatt (2 GW) electrical interconnection between Greece and Egypt, known as the Greece-Africa Power (GAP) Interconnector project. 

Eunice Energy Group is leading the transnational consortium between Greece and Egypt for the GAP project, which aims to contribute to regional energy security and stability by facilitating intercontinental clean energy transfer. As part of the consortium, McDermott, a leader in engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for subsea and deepwater, will be providing engineering and construction guidance for the project.

American foreign policy is aligned with the strategic energy objectives of Greece, and GAP represents a project within the national interests of both countries.

“This is an MOU of strategic importance at a time when Europe is working to ensure energy security,” said Michael McKelvy, McDermott President and CEO. “I am proud to join forces with Eunice Energy Group on the GAP project and help build the future of energy in the region.”

George Kalavrouziotis, Eunice Energy Group CEO added: “Eunice is thrilled to partner with an American industry leader like McDermott. The GAP Project is the leading electrical interconnection project in the East Mediterranean region, being at the top of the list in terms of technical feasibility and regulatory approval. The 2 GW interconnector will help Egypt export its surplus power to Europe, and enable Greece to export its domestically produced green energy into the Balkans and Italy, thus contributing to Europe’s energy independence from Russia’s energy resources.”

Source: McDermott

Technip Energies Awarded Contract for FEED of World’s Largest Low-Carbon Hydrogen Project at ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas Facility

Technip Energies has been awarded a contract for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the world’s largest low-carbon hydrogen project for ExxonMobil in Baytown, Texas, USA.

The integrated complex will produce approximately one billion cubic feet of low-carbon hydrogen per day and capture more than 98%, or around 7 million metric tons per year of the associated CO2 emissions, making it the largest project of its kind in the world. Technip Energies has strong experience in blue hydrogen projects which remove carbon and replace natural gas or other higher-carbon fuels with low-carbon hydrogen to support decarbonization. As a result, Scope 1 and 2 emissions from Baytown complex can be reduced by up to 30%.

Loic Chapuis, SVP Gas and Low-Carbon Energies of Technip Energies, commented “We are very excited to be engaged with ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions to help design their low-carbon hydrogen production facility. We are committed to advancing the energy transition and this project will be a hallmark in contributing to the decarbonization of existing facilities and capturing significant volumes of carbon emissions.”

Source: Technip Energies