Wood awarded detailed design for Denison Mines’ flagship Uranium project in Canada

Wood has been awarded a detailed design engineering contract by Denison Mines Corp for the flagship Phoenix In-Situ Recovery (ISR) mining project planned in northern Canada, helping meet global demand for uranium.

The Phoenix deposit, part of the Wheeler River Project, owned jointly by Denison and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Ltd, is the largest undeveloped uranium mining project located in the eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region in Northern Saskatchewan.

Wood will design the uranium process plant, key infrastructure and communication systems, intending to design ways to accelerate production and optimize mineral processing. This award follows a feasibility study successfully conducted by Wood to evaluate the technical and economic viability of the ISR uranium mining operation for Phoenix.

Jim Shaughnessy, President of Minerals & Metals at Wood said: “We’re delighted to continue supporting Denison with the next phase of the Phoenix project. Wood’s involvement with the Phoenix feasibility study along with our industry-leading expertise in sustainable in-situ recovery techniques and decades of experience in uranium processing positions us as a valued partner in delivering detailed engineering design for Denison.”

Kevin Himbeault, Denison’s Vice President of Operations, commented: “In recognition of Wood’s performance leading the Phoenix feasibility study, we are pleased to announce the award of a detailed design engineering contract to Wood.

“Maintaining continuity through completion of the Phoenix feasibility study, front-end engineering design, and detailed design allows us to build on our combined knowledge and working relationship to deliver an engineering package that will ultimately support the construction and operation of the first ISR uranium mining operation in the Athabasca Basin.”

Detailed design will be delivered by Wood’s mineral processing design experts and is set to commence in 2024.

Source: WoodPlc

NEXTCHEM Awarded a Licensing and Equipment Supply Contract for a New Urea Plant in Egypt

MAIRE announced that NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions), through its nitrogen technology licensor Stamicarbon, has been awarded a licensing and equipment supply contract for a state-of-the-art urea melt and granulation plant in Egypt for El-Nasr Company for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC). The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 1,050 metric tonnes per day of urea and will be located in an area 100 km southeast of Cairo.

The Stamicarbon’s technology selected by NCIC plays a pivotal role for the urea melt and granulation plant, especially in terms of process optimization, operational safety, enhancing yield and minimizing energy consumption. NCIC is one of the key players in the chemical and fertilizer industry in Egypt, embracing cutting-edge nitrogen technologies able to ensure superior product quality.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “This award is evidence of the reliability of our value proposition in offering nitrogen-based technology solutions worldwide. We are proud to contribute to NCIC’s industrial development plans in the fertilizer sector, thus consolidating our market leadership in licensing urea technology in Africa.”

Source: MAIRE

KT Kinetics Awarded €123 Million Worth EPC Contract by Eni for a Biorefinery Conversion Plant

MAIRE  announced that its subsidiary KT – Kinetics Technology (Integrated E&C Solutions) has been awarded an EPC contract by Italian Energy company Eni to build a hydrogen production plant at Eni’s Livorno refinery. 

The value of the contract is €123 million, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2026.

The plant to be designed and built by KT will process natural gas and biogenic feedstocks to create hydrogen for the production of biofuels for mobility at the Livorno site processing various biogenic feedstocks, mainly waste such as cooking oils and animal fats, and residues from the agribusiness industry. In addition, the plant is designed so that a residual CO2 capture unit can be implemented at a later stage.

The construction of the new unit is part of Eni’s project to convert its Livorno plant into a biorefinery.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented, “We are proud of this important achievement with Eni. MAIRE confirms once again its role as a provider of innovative technologies and integrated engineering services, contributing to the decarbonization of transport through increasing biofuel production.”

Source: MAIRE

ACCIONA has been Selected by Water Corporation to Build new Alkimos Desalination Plant in Australia

An ACCIONA-led consortium has been selected as the preferred proponent by Water Corporation, the largest water utility in Western Australia, to design, build, operate and maintain the future Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant (ASDP) in Perth for ten years. The plant will have an initial (Stage 1) capacity of 150,000 m³ per day, with an additional 150,000 m³ per day, when required, under Stage 2.

The Stage 1 design and construct project is scheduled to deliver drinking water in 2028, as part of an overall Water Corporation program of works valued at AU$2.8 billion (€1,724 million) to secure drinking water to millions of Western Australians.

The project will be delivered as an alliance, comprising of Water Corporation, ACCIONA and Jacobs, and has safety and wellbeing at the forefront of delivery, as well as embedding sustainability in the design, delivery and operations of the plant.

The commissioning of ASDP – to be built within the Alkimos Water Precinct – will help the region manage the combination of declining rainfall and population growth. Since 1970, winter rainfall in southwest Western Australia has decreased by about 20 per cent while Perth’s population – currently 2.12 million – is expected to reach 2.9 million by 2031 and 3.5 million by 2050, making it Australia’s third largest city and significantly increasing the demand for drinking water.

Source: Acciona

Technip Energies has been awarded a FEED contract by Heidelberg Materials for its CCUS Project in Canada

Technip Energies announces it has been awarded a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract by Heidelberg Materials North America for its Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) project in Edmonton, Canada. This ground-breaking project will be the first full-scale application of CCUS in the cement sector.

The FEED contract covers the carbon capture technology for the Edmonton CCUS project. Powered by the Shell CANSOLV® CO2 capture system, the Technip Energies solution Canopy by T.ENTM, which will be the basis of the FEED study, offers cutting-edge performance based on regenerable amine technology.

This solution is part of Capture.Now, a strategic platform that brings under one umbrella all Technip Energies’ Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies and solutions needed to support customers on their decarbonization journey.

Christophe Malaurie, SVP of Decarbonization Solutions, Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased to have been selected by Heidelberg Materials North America to provide the front-end engineering and design of this groundbreaking project in Canada. Leveraging our carbon capture solution powered by the Shell CANSOLV® CO2 capture system, we are committed to supporting the decarbonization of the cement industry and Heidelberg towards the production of net-zero cement.”

Joerg Nixdorf, Vice President Cement Operations, Northwest Region for Heidelberg Materials North America, stated: “We are excited to take this latest step in our journey to produce the world’s first net zero cement. With each milestone we come closer to realizing our vision of leading the decarbonization of the cement industry.”

Heidelberg Materials North America will be commissioning the world’s first net-zero cement plant at its Edmonton location by adding CCUS technology to an already state-of-the-art facility. The plant will eventually capture and store an estimated 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, which is the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars off the road annually. Subject to finalization of federal and provincial funding agreements, the company anticipates carbon capture to begin in late 2026.

Source: Technip Energies

TechnipFMC Awarded Substantial iEPCI™ Contract for Sparta Project

TechnipFMC has been awarded a substantial contract by Shell plc for the first integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (iEPCI™) project to use high-pressure subsea production systems rated up to 20,000 psi (20K).

The Company will manufacture and install subsea production systems, umbilicals, risers, and flowlines for Shell’s Sparta development in the Gulf of Mexico. The tree systems will be Shell’s first to be qualified for 20K applications and are engineered to meet the high-pressure requirements of this greenfield development.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “Sparta will combine our leading-edge subsea technology with our proven integrated execution model, iEPCI™, providing improved project economics. We are excited to be working with Shell on 20K technology.”

Source: TechnipFMC

ADNOC and BP Form Gas JV in Egypt

ADNOC and bp announced that they have agreed to form a new joint venture (JV) in Egypt. The JV (51% bp and 49% ADNOC) will combine the pair’s deep technical capabilities and proven track records as it aims to grow a highly competitive gas portfolio.

As part of the agreement, bp will contribute its interests in three development concessions, as well as exploration agreements, in Egypt to the new JV. ADNOC will make a proportionate cash contribution which can be used for future growth opportunities.

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Executive Director for Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, said: “Today’s announcement with bp represents a significant step forward as ADNOC builds its international natural gas portfolio. This progressive joint venture partnership will enhance Egyptian energy security and the economic potential of the region’s most populous Arab country. Building on our long-standing strategic partnership with bp, ADNOC looks forward to continue exploring other opportunities as we collectively seek to decarbonize our operations and lead a just and equitable energy transition.”

bp’s William Lin, Executive Vice President of Regions, Corporates & Solutions, said: “This dynamic JV offers a platform for international growth that advances our longstanding and strategic partnership with ADNOC that spans over five decades. Together, we will build on the 60 years of safe and efficient operations of bp and its partners in Egypt, and continue to produce and deliver secure, lower-carbon energy in the form of natural gas to the country.”

Source: ADNOC

Technip Energies Awarded PDP for Proposed Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project, UK

Technip Energies has been selected by Uniper to provide a Process Design Package (PDP) for the post-combustion carbon capture project at their Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station on the Isle of Grain in Southeast  England, to potentially capture over 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

The contract covers the process design for the CO2 capture, conditioning, liquefaction, and temporary storage facility. The PDP will also include the design information required to complete the final engineering of the plant.

Uniper’s plans focus on retrofitting post-combustion carbon capture technologyon up to three units of the existing 1,326MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant at Grain power station in the Southeast of England.The capturedCO2 would be transported by shipping, or pipeline, to permanent storage offshore in the seabed.

In this first phase, Technip Energies will provide a unique solution capable of being applied to each of the three gas turbines, leveraging the proven Shell CANSOLV® CO₂ Capture System, as well as Technip Energies licensing expertise and deep experience in project execution.

In the perspective of a mid-2020s final investment decision, the next step for Technip Energies, if selected, will be to provide the full front-end engineering design (FEED) package for the project.

Christophe Malaurie, SVP Decarbonization Solutions of Technip Energies, commented: “We are very energised to contribute to Uniper’s ambition to make their European power generation portfolio 80% carbon neutral by 2030. This ambitious project is leading the way of the UK’s national grid decarbonisation. By leveraging our capabilities in carbon capture projects and technology integration, we are committed to making this project a success, playing an active role in the journey towards a low-carbon future.”

Ian Rogers, Head of Asset Improvement and Making Net Zero Probable of Uniper, said: “The award of the PDP contract is a significant milestone in the development of our plans to decarbonise electricity production at one of the most efficient gas CCGT plants in our fleet – Grain power station. It would not only help meet Uniper’s ambitious strategy to generate more than 80 per cent of our installed power capacity from carbon free sources by 2030 but could also help to support the UK’s transition to a net zero future by removing millions of tonnes of COper year whilst continuing to provide flexible and reliable power to the national grid. We look forward to working with Technip Energies during this first phase of the design competition, to identify the most effective technology solutions to help deliver Uniper’s and the UK’s decarbonisation strategies.”

Nick Flinn, Vice President Decarbonisation Technologies, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, commented: “We are very proud to be providing Shell’s CANSOLV COcapture technology together with Technip Energies, for Uniper’s first CCS project in the UK. Shell’s CANSOLV COcapture technology has been in commercial operation at large-scale for over a decade, including a low-pressure application at SaskPower in Canada, where it is designed to capture up to 1 Mt/y of CO2.  Shell is excited to bring this experience, together with learnings from recent projects, to deliver an optimised design for this key project that will drive the UK towards its decarbonisation targets.”

Source: Technip Energies

Bilfinger Secures Major Contract from INEOS for Forties Pipeline System Maintenance

Bilfinger has been awarded a large-scale maintenance contract by INEOS FPS. The aim of the contract is to ensure the reliability of the critical Forties Pipeline System (FPS), which transports and processes oil and gas from the North Sea. The 3-year contract with an option of a further 2-year extension marks the continuation of a long-standing partnership that has existed for over a decade.

Under the agreement, Bilfinger will provide access, insulation, coating and fireproofing services for projects as well as maintenance work for both the onshore and offshore facilities of the 169-kilometer pipeline system. The contract, which took effect at the beginning of January 2024, will be executed by Bilfinger’s Maintenance and Insulation, Scaffolding and Corrosion Protection (ISP) business units. Around 130 Bilfinger employees will be on site every day to ensure efficient and comprehensive service delivery. INEOS will benefit from the strong regional presence and expertise of the executing business unit Bilfinger UK.

“Our ambition to be the number one partner in efficiency and sustainability, together with our longstanding investment in development of local personnel, positions us perfectly to support INEOS extend the life of the critical FPS infrastructure while minimizing its environmental impact,” says Sandy Bonner, President Engineering & Maintenance UK at Bilfinger. “In our longstanding partnership, we continue to share the commitment to continuously improve the effectiveness of maintenance and the efficiency of service delivery; continually improving asset reliability and meeting operational efficiency challenges.”

Since 1975, the FPS has been the vanguard of the UK’s North Sea oil and gas industry – safely transporting and processing billions of barrels of crude oil from 85 offshore oil fields. Under INEOS ownership, the FPS has entered a new phase in its lifecycle to prolong the life of the system by at least 20 years supporting North Sea production into the 2040s, underwritten by a strategy with three key elements: Sustainability, Investment and Local Community.

To reach this 2040+ goal requires targeted investment in the infrastructure, critical to ensuring they are still operating efficiently, safely and sustainably for the next twenty years and beyond. In 2018 INEOS FPS announced a £500million strategic investment in the FPS to reconfigure the system, extend its life and continue to support North Sea oil and gas production, sustainably, into the long-term.

Bilfinger’s comprehensive services are supporting its customer in this mission. The company’s maintenance services not only optimize asset performance, but also sustainably extend the lifetime of the pipelines. In addition, by ensuring proper insulation and sealing, energy consumption is reduced and environmental impact is minimized.

“We look forward to continuing this collaboration. Bilfinger’s drive for continuous improvement and its ability to respond flexibly to our priorities and strategic objectives have been key contributors,” says Ewan MacAngus Operations Director of INEOS FPS.

As a strategic partner to the process industry, Bilfinger is a driving force in the industry’s transition to greater efficiency and sustainability in existing plants and new technologies. With more than 60 years of experience in the oil and gas industry the Group offers comprehensive services for the entire life cycle of onshore and offshore facilities from a single source.

Source: Bilfinger

Mitsubishi Power Receives Order for Uzbekistan’s Navoi 3 Power Plant Project

Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received an order for one system of core equipment for a high-efficiency power generation facility, including a state-of-the-art M701JAC (J-series Air-Cooled) gas turbine, for the third facility planned to be built at the Navoi Power Plant (Navoi 3) by JSC Thermal Power Plants, the state electric power corporation of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The planned system will comprise a gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) to generate 600 megawatts (MW) of electric power and 200 Gcal/h of heat. Commercial operation is scheduled to start in 2026. This is the third order received by Mitsubishi Power for GTCC equipment for the Navoi Power Plant.

The Navoi Power Plant is located approximately 360 km southwest of the capital of Tashkent. Mitsubishi Power had previously supplied GTCC power generation equipment for the nearby power plants Navoi 1 and Navoi 2, which started operations in 2013 and 2019, respectively. Navoi 3 will also utilize gas-fired GTCC power generation to supply electricity to the surrounding area, as well as industrial steam and district heating to the Navoi Free Economic Zone (Navoi FEZ).

In addition to supplying the gas and steam turbines, Mitsubishi Power will handle the design, procurement, manufacture, and commissioning of the core components of the power generation facilities and major auxiliary equipment, such as air-cooled condensers and gas compressors. The generator will be manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Mitsubishi Power has received many orders for large-scale gas turbines in Uzbekistan, including state-of-the-art JAC and F series. This latest project is the 13th such order and the fifth for a JAC series gas turbine, giving Mitsubishi Power a market share of about 90% large-scale gas turbines in the country. In addition, the company supports the country’s diverse power and heating needs. This has included fulfilling a series of orders for H-25 small- and medium-sized gas turbines for a city-based distributed natural gas-fired cogeneration facility being constructed in Tashkent. Through its projects, Mitsubishi Power has contributed to the stable supply of electricity in Uzbekistan by maintaining high reliability through efficient maintenance services.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Power will continue to support the stable and efficient operation of the electric power business for the realization of energy transition in Uzbekistan. The company will make a concerted effort as a corporate group to further focus its resources into promoting the adoption of high-efficiency, environmentally friendly GTCC power generation equipment, and contributing to the stable supply of electric power indispensable to economic development worldwide, and helping to achieve a sustainable, decarbonized world.

Source: Mitsubishi Power

Worley & Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been Awarded the FEED Contract for a Carbon Capture Facility in UK

Worley in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group has been awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) services.

It is first of its kind in the UK, the project will support the development of a ground breaking carbon capture facility at Heidelberg Materials’ cement works in Padeswood, North Wales, UK.

The FEED contract comes after previously working with MHI Group on several carbon capture projects, including the pre-FEED for the Padeswood project.

The FEED project stage will support Heidelberg Materials UK with securing UK government approval, achieving a positive final investment decision and enabling the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) stage to commence in the first quarter of 2025.

Work will be carried out by our teams in London, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow. With further support from our global team of carbon capture experts.

The Padeswood project has been selected as a Track 1 capture project by the UK Government and is a key establishing project within the HyNet industrial cluster. Once operational, it is anticipated to capture up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 320,000 cars off the road. The project aims to play a crucial role in the decarbonization efforts of the UK cement industry.

Simon Willis, CEO, Heidelberg Materials UK, said: “This is a decisive next step in our plans to install carbon capture technology at our Padeswood cement works. Once operational, it will provide net zero building materials for major projects across the country, enabling us to help decarbonize the construction industry and meet our ambition to become a net zero business.”

“Securing this contract is not only testament to the strength of our relationships with Heidelberg Materials UK and MHI but also reflects our execution of the pre-FEED and our team’s expertise in delivering FEED services for first of a kind CCUS facilities. Padeswood is a landmark project in the UK’s decarbonization strategy and aligns with our commitment to making sustainable transformation a reality,” says Marino Barbi, Senior Vice President, UK.

Source: Worley

Aker Solutions awarded FEED for Celsio’s CCS Terminal at the port of Oslo

Aker Solutions has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Hafslund Oslo Celsio (Celsio) to develop the CO2 terminal for intermediate storage and export to ship at the port of Oslo, Norway.

The FEED award follows Celsio’s cost reduction initiative for the Oslo CCS project and will serve the capture plant at the Celsio waste-to-energy plant at Klemetsrud with a transitional CO2 storage facility at the port of Oslo for loading to ship and transporting the captured CO2 to the Northern Lights terminal at Øygarden on the west coast of Norway.

Celsio’s waste incineration plant emits a significant proportion of the city’s total CO2 emissions. The Celsio CCS project and the Northern Lights storage are part of Longship, the Norwegian Government’s carbon capture and storage project, which will also include CO2 captured at Heidelberg Materials’ cement plant in Brevik, where the carbon capture plant is delivered by Aker Carbon Capture and Aker Solutions.

In November 2023, Aker Solutions and Aker Carbon Capture were awarded a FEED contract by Celsio to develop carbon capture at the waste-to-energy facility at Klemetsrud.

“At Aker Solutions, we have a growing track record in supporting our customers across the entire CCS value chain. From capture and transportation to permanent storage, we provide innovative solutions and work with leading partners to support CCS developments across the globe. We are committed to build on this expertise and further strengthen our relationship with Celsio. We are proud to have engineered a cost efficient and effective layout which enabled Celsio to proceed with the next phase of this landmark development,” said Henrik Inadomi, executive vice president, new energies at Aker Solutions.

“We are pleased to have Aker Solutions on board for the second phase of the FEED for our carbon capture project. Today’s announcement is a significant decision regarding transportation of our future captured CO2. However, it is not smooth sailing towards a new investment decision. We are still depending on improved framework conditions and income potential before the realization of carbon capture in Oslo,” says Knut Inderhaug, Managing Director at Hafslund Oslo Celsio.

Since April 2023, the Celsio carbon capture project has been through a cost reduction phase after the previous project cost estimate exceeded the investment budget. As part of the cost reduction phase, new vendors were brought in to present alternative solutions that could lower costs. Based on the concept study conducted, Aker Solutions were selected to perform a FEED for the CO2 terminal at Oslo port, with the framework for a possible EPCIC. 

Celsio’s waste-to-energy facility at Klemetsrud treats household waste, and waste from industry and enterprises. The waste treated at the facility consists of approximately 50 percent biogenic CO2, which creates the possibility to deliver negative emissions. The carbon capture project can provide unique learnings for the European waste-to-energy industry, which includes close to 20 facilities in Norway and around 500 similar facilities across Europe.

Source: Aker Solutions

L&T Wins EPCC Contract for Hydrocarbon Business

The Hydrocarbon vertical (L&T Energy Hydrocarbon – LTEH) of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has recently secured a large onshore project from IndianOil Adani Ventures Limited.

The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of Offsite Tankages, Bullets and other associated facilities on Lump Sum Turnkey basis.

LTEH is executing four prestigious projects under IOCL’s P-25 expansion programme. The earlier awarded projects under program-25 include Residue Hydro Cracker Unit (RHCU), Diesel Hydrotreater (DHDT) and Reactor Regenerator Package (RR).

Organised under Offshore, Onshore EPC, Modular Fabrication, Advanced Value Engineering & Technology (AdVENT), and Offshore Wind Farm Business Groups, LTEH offers integrated design-to-build solutions across the hydrocarbon sector to domestic and international customers. With over three decades of rich experience, LTEH has been setting global benchmarks in all aspects of project management, corporate governance, quality, health safety environment (HSE) and operational excellence.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Tecnimont Awarded a Feed For an Integrated Green Hydrogen and Ammonia Plant in Portugal

MAIRE (MAIRE.MI) announces that Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions) has been awarded a FEED contract by MadoquaPower2X to develop an integrated green hydrogen and green ammonia plant located in the industrial zone of Sines, Portugal. MadoquaPower2x is a consortium comprised of Madoqua Renewables, Power2X, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through its Energy Transition Fund.

The project involves the production of green hydrogen using alkaline-water electrolyzer technology and the production of green ammonia through the Haber-Bosch process. Green ammonia will be transported by pipeline to the Port of Sines and loaded for export and/or used as maritime fuel.

Tecnimont’s scope of work entails the design of the electrolyzers’ integration, air separation unit for nitrogen production, ammonia production plant, as well as storage and ship loading facilities. As part of the agreement, Tecnimont will also submit an Engineering, Procurement and Construction proposal for the construction activities of the plant. The Final Notice to Proceed is expected by 22 March 2024.

This award follows a PRE-FEED carried out by NextChem Tech, MAIRE’s Sustainable Technology Solutions subsidiary and is further proof of the synergies and cross-fertilization at the base of MAIRE’s positioning as a leading Integrated Technology and E&C solutions provider. As such, Tecnimont will provide its EPC expertise leveraging on NextChem Tech’s technological competences for hydrogen production and storage.

MadoquaPower2X will use renewable energy generated by solar and wind assets under development in Portugal and up to 500 MWs of electrolysis capacity to produce up to 1,200 MTPD of green ammonia. It will be the first facility in Sines, the largest industrial and logistic hub in the Iberian Peninsula, to produce clean energy at an industrial scale and with the highest environmental and safety standards. The project is geared towards the set-up of an export energy carrier value chain between the Port of Sines (Portugal) and Northwestern European Hub.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “The synergic approach among our Group’s companies is the key success factor of MAIRE’s value proposition. This award shows the Group’s strength in the green hydrogen and ammonia production segment, which helps supporting the transition to a clean energy system”.

Source: Maire Tecnimont

McDermott Secures Two EPCIC Contracts for North Oil Company’s Ruya Development Project

McDermott has been awarded two contracts from North Oil Company (NOC) to deliver engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) for packages 11 and 13 of the Ruya Development Project, as part of the expansion of the Al-Shaheen field, Qatar’s largest oil field.

The Package 11 mega* contract scope, awarded to a consortium of McDermott and Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan (QMW), includes installation of nine satellite wellhead platforms and jackets in two offshore campaigns. The Package 13 substantial* contract, awarded to a consortium of McDermott and Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI), is for EPCIC of one 25,000 metric ton central processing platform, flare platform and bridges.

“These awards build on our successful execution of the front-end engineering design (FEED) project—one of the largest FEEDs in McDermott’s 100-year history—completed in just over 12 months,” said Mike Sutherland, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Offshore Middle East. “We will continue to earn the confidence of QatarEnergy and TotalEnergies by delivering strategically significant energy infrastructure projects in the Middle East.”

“We have been on this journey with NOC since our Doha operating center started the pre-FEED in 2021,” said Neil Gunnion, Qatar Country Manager and Vice President, Operations. “This team of experts will now lead the execution of EPCIC work, leveraging their robust experience and in-depth knowledge of Qatar’s offshore sector for the successful expansion of the Al-Shaheen field.”

McDermott defines a mega contract as being over USD 1.5 billion, and a substantial contract as being between USD $500 and $750 million.

Source: McDermott 

Technip Energies Wins FEED Contract for Harbour Energy’s New Viking CCS Project in the UK

Technip Energies has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for the Viking CCS project, the Humber-based COtransportation and storage network led by Harbour Energy, together with partner bp.

Located in the Humber, the most industrialised area of the UK with its biggest source of CO2emissions, the project is expected to play a pivotal role in creating a globally leading CCS sector in the UK, contributing to the Government’s target for net zero emissions by 2050.

The Viking CCS initiative is a project focused on the transportation and storage of the captured COinto the depleted Viking gas fields. The project aims to reduce UK emissions by 10 million tonnes annually by 2030, increasing to 15 million tonnes per year by 2035.

Technip Energies, supported by its subsidiary Genesis, will provide FEED services for the CO2 transportation system, including the COhandling station, onshore and offshore pipeline, and a NPAI (Not Permanently Attended Installation) platform.

Charles Cessot, SVP T.EN X – Consulting and Products of Technip Energies, commented: “We are proud to be supporting the UK’s transition to a more sustainable future. Our involvement in the Viking CCS project will help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and emphasises our commitment to sustainable energy solutions. We are excited to collaborate with Harbour Energy and contribute our expertise in FEED services to this initiative.”

Harbour Energy’s Viking CCS Project Director Graeme Davies said: “We’re delighted to be working with Technip Energies to help deliver another important milestone for the Viking CCS project. The Humber region has long been a global leader in the energy sector, and Viking CCS will help to protect around 20,000 jobs in local industries, while also creating up to 10,000 jobs during construction across all Cluster projects.”

Jim Todd, bp JV Manager for Viking CCS, said: “After three years in development, the Viking CCS project is now entering the FEED phase. This is a significant step in the journey of any project, and we are excited to welcome Technip Energies as the FEED contractor, paving the way for large-scale CCS in the South Humber and North Lincolnshire region.”

Source: Technip Energies

Qatarenergy has announced the award Of $6 Billion EPC contracts for offshore Al-Shaheen Field

QatarEnergy has announced the award of the four main Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) contract packages related to the next development phase of the offshore Al-Shaheen field (Qatar’s largest oil field) to increase production by about 100,000 barrels of oil per day (BPD).

The award is part of Project Ru’ya (vision in Arabic), which is the third phase of Al-Shaheen’s development since North Oil Company, a joint venture between QatarEnergy (70%) and TotalEnergies (30%), took over the field’s operation in July 2017. Project Ru’ya, which will develop more than 550 million barrels of oil, will be executed over a period of 5 years with first oil expected in 2027. The project includes the drilling of more than 200 wells and the installation of a new centralized process complex, nine remote wellhead platforms, and associated pipelines.

The four EPC packages, with varying scopes of work, valued in total at more than six billion dollars, comprise:

(i) The EPC package for 9 wellhead platforms valued at about $2.1 billion and awarded to a consortium of McDermott Middle East Inc. and Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co.

(ii) The EPC package for a Central Processing Platform valued at about $1.9 billion and awarded to a consortium of McDermott Middle East Inc. and Hyundai Heavy Industries.

(iii) The EPC package for a riser platform valued at about $1.3 billion and awarded to Larsen & Toubro Limited.

(iv) The EPC package for subsea pipelines and cables valued at about $900 million and awarded to China Offshore Oil Engineering Co (COOEC).

His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy, welcomed the award of the contract packages as an important milestone in the development of the State of Qatar’s largest oil field. His Excellency said: “By awarding these contracts, we are taking an important step towards realizing the full potential of Al-Shaheen filed, which produces around half of Qatar’s crude oil.

”His Excellency Minister Al-Kaabi added: “I would like to thank North Oil Company and our longtime strategic partner TotalEnergies for their great efforts towards unlocking the true potential of Qatar’s hydrocarbon resources and maximizing value from Al-Shaheen field through the implementation of world-class development and operational excellence programs.

”Al-Shaheen field is located 80 kilometres offshore Qatar and is among the world’s largest in terms of “oil in place”. The field commenced commercial production in 1994 and underwent significant development to reach an oil production rate of 300,000 bpd in 2007.

Source: QatarEnergy

L&T Construction Wins a Mega EPC Order for establishing Largest Renewable Generation Plant in UAE

The Renewable EPC arm of Larsen & Toubro’s Power Transmission & Distribution business has been chosen as the turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor to establish a 1800 MWac Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The project is the sixth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This plant will reduce around 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Spread over 20 sq km, the project will become operational in three phases. In addition to the Photovoltaic plant, the scope includes related evacuation and interconnection arrangements including two Gas Insulated Substations, high voltage underground cabling and medium voltage distribution networks.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, the UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, has signed the Power Purchase Agreement with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop the project. DEWA will retain a 60% stake in the project and be the sole off-taker of the power generated from the plant.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It has a planned production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030 and when completed, it will save over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The Solar Park is a crucial component in both the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and DEWA’s strategic initiative for Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Commenting on the development Mr. T. Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities), Larsen & Toubro said, “We thank Masdar and DEWA, who are our longstanding customers, for their support in this project. We are committed to bringing in our innovative renewable energy solutions and project management expertise to speed up energy transition in the region which is pursuing economic development combined with sustainable practices”.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Doosan Enerbility Wins Order for 380MW Ultra-Large Gas Turbine Project

Doosan Enerbility is winning a growing number of new orders for its gas turbines which were developed using homegrown technology, leading to solidification of its leadership position in the Korean domestic gas turbine market.

Doosan Enerbility announced that it had signed a supplier agreement valued to be approximately KRW 280 billion with Korea Southern Power (KOSPO) to supply the main components for the Andong Combined Cycle Power Plant Unit 2. In attendance at the signing ceremony, which was held at the InterContinental Seoul, were key figures from both companies including Seung Woo Lee, President & CEO of KOSPO, and Yeonin Jung, Vice Chairman & COO of Doosan Enerbility.

The Andong Combined Cycle Power Plant Unit 2, which is set to have a capacity of 569MW, is slated to be built by December 2026 in Pungsan-eup of North Gyeongsang Province’s Andong City.  Doosan Enerbility will be supplying a 380MW H-class* ultra-large** gas turbine that was developed using homegrown technology, as well as a steam turbine and heat recovery steam generator(HRSG).*  High-efficiency turbine model with a turbine inlet temperature in the range of 1500℃ or higher** Gas turbines can be categorized by its generation capacity into small-size (20~99.9MW), mid-size (100~214.9MW), large-size (215~299.9MW) and ultra-large (300MW+) turbines (Source: McCoy Report)

With the specific aim of promoting the Korean gas turbine industry, Doosan Enerbility has been engaged in a close partnership with KOSPO, which currently operates the largest number of gas turbines in Korea.  Since 2018, the two companies have been jointly carrying out a project aimed at developing the hot components of F-class* gas turbines, with plans to execute a demonstration project at the Busan Combined Cycle Power Plant. Moreover, in 2022, Doosan had signed a contract to perform lifetime extension work on Busan Combined Cycle Power Plant’s gas turbine rotors and has also been participating in a state-led project for developing a 50% hydrogen co-fired, F-class gas turbine since last year as part of the carbon reduction efforts.* Turbine model with an inlet temperature in the range of approximately 1300~1400℃

“We find it truly meaningful to be embarking on this endeavor to expand the market for locally-developed gas turbines together with KOSPO, a company that has long worked at enhancing the competitiveness of Korea’s gas turbines,” said Yeonin Jung, Doosan Enerbility’s Vice-Chairman & COO.  “We plan to widen the scope of our partnership into the area of long-term services for gas turbines to raise the overall competency of Korea’s gas turbine sector and actively target the global market.”

In 2019, Doosan Enerbility succeeded in locally manufacturing a large-size industrial gas turbine for power generation, after which the first locally-built gas turbine was delivered to the Gimpo Combined Heat & Power Plant operated by Korea Western Power (KOWEPO). Doosan had also signed a supplier agreement last year to supply a 380MW Korean-standard gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine model, which was jointly developed with some 340 partners in the local industry-academia-research sectors as a state-led project, to Korea Midland Power(KOMIPO)’s Boryeong New Combined Cycle Power Plant. In addition, development is also underway on a 400MW ultra-large 100% hydrogen-fueled gas turbine, with the target deadline being set as 2027.

Source: Doosan Enerbility

L&T Heavy Engineering Wins Multiple Orders in Domestic and International Markets

L&T Heavy Engineering (HE)’s Modification, Revamp, and Upgrade (MRU) business segment has bagged a significant order from a key oil and gas customer in KSA for their important debottlenecking project. For the last couple of years, MRU business has concentrated on Middle East opportunities and this order is an important milestone for MRU business in the Middle East.  

In another development, the business has also been successful in winning DCU Revamp Project from one of the leading refineries in the domestic market. MRU team has also won the Coke Drum critical repair project from IOCL Gujarat Refinery. These orders reflect the customers’ faith in L&T HE’s technical capability, reliability, and commitment.

In the Process Plant Equipment overseas market, L&T HE has secured orders for several critical equipment which include 2 EO Reactors from a leading global chemical company in Thailand, Cr-Mo-V Reactors for an oil project in KSA, Large Stainless-Steel Column for NGL project in Australia and Heat Exchanger from a leading industry player in USA.

On the domestic front L&T HE received orders to manufacture VGO Reactor, Critical Cr-Mo-V Reactor, and proprietary design high pressure Heat Exchangers for a refinery project. The business also secured an order for Carbamate Condenser from RCF Mumbai for their Urea Plant.  

All the orders were won against stiff international competition, demonstrating L&T HE’s competitiveness and track record of on-time delivery and reliable performance. 

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Hitachi Zosen Inova to Deliver Two New Renewable Gas Projects for the UK

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (Switzerland, hereafter “HZI”), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen Corporation and engaged in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Waste-to-Energy plants and renewable gas plants, has received two orders to enhance the functionality of existing biogas plants in the UK, including equipment for biomethane production, liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2), etc. The biogas plants are owned by Bio Capital Ltd. (UK, hereafter “Bio Capital”), which operates many anaerobic digestion plants in the UK. Including a previous order for another biogas plant-related equipment last September, the total number of orders received from Bio Capital is three now.

This time, two projects are awarded for biogas plants in East London and Norfolk in the east of England. For East London Biogas, HZI will deliver a gas upgrading unit (equipment to separate CO2 from biogas and produce highly purified biomethane). For a plant in Norfolk, HZI will deliver a CO2 liquefaction system. Besides, for the previous order awarded last September for Granville Eco Park in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, HZI will also deliver a CO2 liquefaction facility. For all three projects, HZI will be responsible for the engineering and procurement.

Each plant has been producing renewable gas or electricity and fertilizers from food waste. The biogas upgrading plants can produce highly purified biomethane. The CO2 separated in the upgrading process will be used by the food industry in the UK. East London Biogas plant for which HZI will deliver new equipment ©Bio Capital Ltd.

Enhancement of HZI’s business in these areas will meet the growing demand for biogas and biomethane in Europe, reduce the emissions of climate-damaging CO2, and contribute to the longterm supply of renewable energy.

Hitachi Zosen Group, under its medium-term management plan “Forward 25”, plans to invest approximately JPY75 billion to expand its biogas and other businesses. The above-mentioned orders are part of this initiative. We will continue to contribute to the realization of the circular economy by utilizing the biogas and biomethane-related technologies.

Source: Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Equinor awarded 39 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf

Equinor was awarded 18 production licences in the North Sea, 13 in the Norwegian Sea, and 8 in the Barents Sea. Equinor is the operator of 14 of the awarded licenses, and a partner in 25.

“We are pleased with the award. These licences give Equinor and our partners new opportunities to further develop the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) as an energy province. We are familiar with the geology and confident that we will make new discoveries,” says Jez Averty, Equinor’s senior vice president for subsurface, the Norwegian continental shelf.

Continued active exploration is necessary in order to reduce the production decline that will occur on the NCS. Phasing in oil and gas from new discoveries will secure long-term activity and contribute to energy security in the European and UK energy transition,” Averty says.

In Norway, Equinor is the operator of 35 offshore platforms with low production emissions, and processing and export infrastructures that have largely been paid off. Infrastructure-led discoveries can be rapidly developed, at low cost, and with low greenhouse gas emissions from production and transportation.

“We are modernising the infrastructure on the NCS with an eye to the energy transition. Based on our plans for electrification and continued cuts in our own greenhouse gas emissions, the production from new discoveries in brownfield areas will not increase our production and transportation emissions. For discoveries that will require new development solutions, we will aim at technological solutions with low emissions. Equinor’s energy transition plan, committed to cutting emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, also includes phasing in production from new discoveries,” says Averty.

The authorities increased this year’s round of awards by 92 blocks in the northwest of the Norwegian Sea and west of the Barents Sea.

“Equinor’s Snøhvit Future and Johan Castberg projects are underdevelopment in the North. We now focus on exploration to uncover the potential for gas in the Barents Sea, working closely with Vår Energi and Aker BP to explore as much as possible with good rig utilisation,” adds Averty.

Source: Equinor 

Técnicas Reunidas & Sinopec awarded two contracts worth $3.3 billion by Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest energy companies, has awarded a joint venture formed by the Spanish company Técnicas Reunidas and the Chinese Sinopec Engineering Group the development of new Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) fractionation facilities in Saudi Arabia. The works will be developed on the basis of two EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts for the execution of Riyas NGL Fractionation Trains (Package 1) and Riyas NGL Common Facilities (Package 2), which includes utilities, storage, and export facilities. Total investment arising from these two contracts amounts to more than 3.3 billion USD. Since the joint venture is 65% owned by Técnicas Reunidas and 35% by Sinopec Engineering Group, the Spanish company is entitled to more than 2.15 billion USD of this total amount.

Function of the new facilities

The primary objective of the project is to enable the fractionation of NGLs, thus producing ethane, propane, butane, and pentane.

Scope of the contracts

The new facilities to be developed by Técnicas Reunidas and Sinopec Engineering Group will fractionate 510 thousand barrels per day (MBD) of NGLs. The two trains of the Package 1 will process 255 MBD each, and will include fractionation, treatment, dehydration and refrigeration units. The common facilities of Package 2 will provide feed and product surge storage, chemicals storage and utilities including, although not limited to, steam and condensate recovery systems, utility water, plant, instrument air and nitrogen systems, machinery cooling water, drainage and flare systems. The expected duration of the project is about 46 months for Package 1 and about 41 months for Package 2, with a total maximum level of 575 engineers, of which more than 70% will be from Técnicas Reunidas.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

Eni, KazMunayGas ink deal for hybrid renewables-gas power project in Kazakhstan

Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi and Chairman of the Board of KazMunayGas (KMG), Magzum Mirzagaliyev, signed in Rome a Joint Confirmation agreement on an innovative 250 MW Hybrid Renewables-Gas Project in Zhanaozen City, Mangystau Region, in Kazakhstan. The signature took place during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to Italy.

Eni and KMG confirmed their readiness to proceed to the project’s implementation phase, which will supply KMG facilities in the area with low-carbon, stable electricity produced from solar and wind, and will be balanced with additional capacity from a gas power plant. The project leverages Eni’s international industrial expertise and pioneers the hybrid combination of state-of-the-art renewable power plants, developed by Eni’s subsidiary Plenitude in cooperation with KMG, and gas power plants for balancing capacity.

Eni also signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna (SK) on additional energy transition projects, including the potential replication of the hybrid renewables model in other regions of Kazakhstan, the assessment of mineral initiatives and the development of other carbon emission reduction technologies.

Furthermore, Eni signed another strategic Cooperation Agreement with the national gas company of Kazakhstan, QazaqGaz (SK’s portfolio company), focused on the exchange of experience among scientific, technical and research centers to develop technological innovations and human capital, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions in gas industry operations.

Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992, where it is a joint operator of the Karachaganak field and an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the Kashagan offshore field. Eni is also a joint operator, with KMG, in the exploration block Abay. Eni operates in Kazakhstan’s renewables sector through Arm Wind, a Plenitude subsidiary, with an overall installed capacity of 150 MW. 

Source: Eni

Chiyoda Awarded an EPC Contract for a new Biopharmaceutical API Manufacturing Plant

Chiyoda Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by AGC Corporation (AGC) for a new biopharmaceutical API manufacturing plant at the AGC Yokohama Technical Center, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama.

Chiyoda has been awarded the contract as part of AGC’s expansion and development of their manufacturing network as a global biopharmaceutical CDMO.

The project has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as part of its ‘Development of biopharmaceutical manufacturing sites to Strengthen Vaccine Production’ program. The new plant will house additional mammalian cell culture bioreactors, making it one of the largest sites for mammalian-based manufacturing in Japan, will include facilities in the leading-edge field of mRNA pharmaceuticals and gene and cell therapies and will introduce dual-use facilities that can manufacture vaccines in the event of a pandemic

As one of Chiyoda’s four new business domains, its life sciences business contributes to society’s health and safety and is rapidly increasing in importance due to the changing needs of the bioindustry.

Through the execution of this project supporting the development of domestic biopharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities which currently rely on overseas CDMOs, Chiyoda continues contributing to the realization of a sustainable society in line with our purpose of ‘Enriching Society through Engineering Value’

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Tecnimont Wins FEED Contract For Green Ammonia Plant In Norway

MAIRE announces that Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions business unit) has been awarded a FEED contract by Fortescue, a global green technology, energy, and metals company, for a green ammonia plant to be located in the Nordgulen fjord in Norway.

The scope of work entails the design of electrolyzer integration, the air separation unit for nitrogen production, the ammonia production plant, as well as its storage and ship loading facilities. As part of the agreement, Tecnimont will also submit an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction proposal for the realization of the plant.

The facility will produce green ammonia through electrolyzers that will use renewable hydropower for hydrogen production. Unlike other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, hydropower is stable over time, greatly simplifying the configuration and operation of the plant as well as its efficiency.

The plant aims to ship the resulting green ammonia to domestic and European markets, contributing to the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries. These objectives align with both Norwegian and European ambitions of accelerating the green energy market.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “We are proud to support Norway with this new sustainable initiative aimed at decarbonizing hard-to-abate industries, in particular the shipping sector, where ammonia is playing a pivotal role. This project is concrete evidence of our strong positioning in the energy transition thanks to our technology-driven value proposition”.

Source: Maire Tecnimont

McDermott Secures Offshore Contract for the Kasawari CCS Project in Malaysia

McDermott has been awarded an offshore contract from Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) for the Kasawari Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, located offshore Sarawak in East Malaysia.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will perform transportation and the structural installation of a 138-kilometer (85 miles) pipeline section, a 15,000 metric tonne (MT) CCS platform jacket, and bridge connecting to the existing central processing platform.

“Set to become one of the largest offshore CCS projects in the world, the Kasawari CCS award showcases the valuable role we have in supporting our clients through the energy transition,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities.

The installation activities will be performed by one of McDermott’s heavy-lift and pipelay vessels.

Operated by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, the Kasawari CCS project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide volume emitted via flaring by 3.3 MtCO2e per annum.

Source: McDermott 

NMDC Signs Agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Group

The Abu Dhabi Ports Group has signed a deal with National Marine Dredging Company Group to set up a new joint venture company that will conduct offshore surveys and subsea services in the UAE, across the GCC region, as well as in select international markets. The new joint venture titled “Safeen Surveys and Subsea Services”, will offer a unique portfolio comprising offshore surveys (geophysical and geotechnical), trenching, and dredging support services. Additionally, it will provide integrated subsea services, such as commercial diving services, remotely-operated vehicles, and unmanned inspections vessels, along with the provision of customised, cost effective and innovative solutions tailored for offshore operations related to the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

The deal was signed by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, and Yasser Zaghloul, Group CEO at National Marine Dredging Group. “Safeen Surveys and Subsea Services will deliver exceptional experience and expertise in the marine and diving services for our UAE clients to take advantage of This in turn further supports the leadership’s efforts to foster a sustainable, diversified, and knowledge-based economy,” Al Shamisi said. For his part, Zaghloul commented, “By combining our expertise with our long-term partner, AD Ports Group, the new company will offer the most advanced and innovative offshore surveys and diving solutions to different types of environments and across wider geographies. This will without a doubt contribute to NMDC Group’s ongoing growth and expansion strategy as it further strengthens its reputation as a global EPC and marine dredging major.”

Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO of Safeen Feeders and Acting CEO of the Ports Operating Company at AD Ports Group, added, “The new joint venture will take the offshore surveys and subsea services towards new horizons by combining the excellent track record of both organisations and implementing novel innovations across some of the most region’s most demanding active projects.” “We at AD Ports Group will utilise our experience and the raw talent of our professional teams to ensure our clients in the UAE, the GCC, and at the international level are furnished with unrivalled services that meet and exceed their expectations,” he noted.

Safeen Survey and Subsea Services will operate in the UAE, GCC, and global markets where both AD Ports Group and NMDC maintain a presence. These targeted global markets include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Taiwan, Sudan, Iraq, Mauritania, Mauritius, Guinea, Pakistan, and Western India.

Source: NMDC

thyssenkrupp Uhde signs Master Agreement with Ma’aden and Metso on phosphogypsum recycling and CO2 capture project

thyssenkrupp Uhde has signed a master agreement with Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company) for the development, engineering and licensing of a calcination plant for phosphogypsum processing. The purpose of the proposed plant, to be located at Ma’aden’s Ras al Khair site in Saudi Arabia, will be to recycle phosphogypsum and enable the capture of CO2 emissions. The joint research and development will be carried out together with thyssenkrupp Polysius and Metso Outotec.

Hassan Al-Ali, Executive Vice President, Ma’aden Phosphate: “We look forward to working with our partners to develop this unique solution, utilizing our new patented technology to reduce carbon emissions and recycle phosphogypsum into a useful resource. With this ambitious project, we will contribute significantly to the Saudi Green Initiative and create lasting impact in line with our Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

“We are honored to be chosen by our esteemed customer to provide our technology and expertise,” said Lucretia Löscher, COO thyssenkrupp Uhde. “We are providing the innovative process to turn the phosphate industry into a circular economy. This project will be another important milestone for thyssenkrupp Uhde in enabling the green transformation of our customers.”

Currently, significant amounts of phosphogypsum are produced as a by-product of phosphoric acid production, which is essential for producing phosphate fertilizers. The options for using phosphogypsum directly are very limited due to impurities and the general properties of this material. The innovative phosphogypsum treatment process will have three major benefits: First, it converts phosphogypsum into quicklime (calcium oxide, CaO). By using alternative fuels such as hydrogen or sulfur, this calcination step is low in CO2 emissions. Additional know-how for this process is provided by thyssenkrupp Polysius, a full range-supplier of the cement and lime industry. Secondly, it enables the recovery of sulphuric acid, which can be recycled and reused as feedstock for phosphoric acid production. And thirdly, the quicklime binds CO2 through a carbonization process to form limestone. The limestone can then be used, for example, in the construction industry or for cement production.

Source: thyssenkrupp Uhde

Chiyoda, Kawasaki, Toyo & JGC signs an agreement for Liquified Hydrogen Supply Chain FEED

Chiyoda Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Toyo Engineering Corporation, and JGC Corporation have signed a joint venture agreement to enhance the front-end engineering design (FEED) execution for a liquefied hydrogen supply chain in development by Japan Suiso Energy, Ltd. (hereinafter, “JSE”). With Kawasaki as leader,

The four companies will conduct the required FEED aimed to realize a demonstration of commercial operations for hydrogen liquefaction facilities (two plants capable of processing 60 tonnes per day), onshore liquefied hydrogen storage tanks (five tanks with a capacity of 10,000m3 each), export terminal facilities for large liquefied hydrogen carriers, and related facilities at the liquefaction and export terminal in Hastings, Victoria, Australia. Furthermore, the companies will determine the optimal equipment requirements, specifications, costs, among others, for demonstration tests for the commercialization of JSE’s liquefied hydrogen supply chain.

Moving forward, Kawasaki will combine its technologies and skills in the areas of liquefied hydrogen storage, handling, and transport, drawing on the extensive accumulated experience and technical knowledge that TOYO, JGC and Chiyoda possess in the area of overseas plant design and construction. The goal is to accelerate FEED aimed at the creation of liquefied hydrogen supply chains, and in doing so contribute toward the realization of Japan’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

JSE is currently pursuing a NEDO Green Innovation Fund Project calling for demonstration of commercial operations of a liquefied hydrogen supply chain, with the aim of full-scale commercialization of a clean hydrogen supply chain envisioning a society which has achieved carbon neutrality and consumes large quantities of hydrogen. This is based on the Green Growth Strategy Through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050 established on December 25, 2020 and issued by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Wood secures EPCC contract with bp in the North Sea, UK

Wood has been awarded a major contract to deliver topside modifications supporting bp’s latest subsea tieback in the UK North Sea.

Wood’s Operations business will deliver engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) services to enhance the central processing facility of bp’s Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) production hub in the central North Sea. Repurposing of existing equipment on ETAP will be a key focus under the two-year contract to enable the platform’s connection to Murlach, bp’s two production well subsea tieback development.

Steve Nicol, Executive President, Operations at Wood said: “Working with bp for over 30 years, this contract builds on our global relationship, and we are proud to support this important project on one of their critical North Sea assets.’

Wood will deliver this under our multi-region engineering services contract, with our teams supporting efficient and safe delivery of asset repair, modifications, and enhancements on ETAP to enable production from Murlach.”

The cost reimbursable contract follows Wood’s delivery of pre-FEED and FEED work on the Murlach field, and the recent successful completion of brownfield scopes on bp’s Seagull field, another subsea tieback to ETAP that commenced production in 2023.

The Murlach project will be delivered by Wood’s teams in Aberdeen, where over 300 employees support bp contracts.

Source: Wood 

Petrofac Secures a Contract in West Africa

Petrofac has secured a three-year operations services contract from bp for its Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) project in Mauritania and Senegal.

The multi-million-dollar Master Services Agreement covers a wide scope of services. These include but are not limited to, onshore and offshore management and supervision, provision of personnel, and equipment maintenance.

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer for Petrofac’s Asset Solutions business said: “Having supplied operation services for the floating production storage and offloading vessel and liquefied natural gas hub since 2022, and developed operational procedures in 2021, this additional scope demonstrates bp’s confidence in Petrofac and supports our selective geographic expansion strategy. We will continue to drive excellence, supporting bp to operate safely and responsibly through its ongoing operations.”

Rebecca King, VP Production, Mauritania and Senegal, bp, commented: “Petrofac already supplies the GTA project with deck crew services. This award to supply mechanical handling services across our nearshore and deepwater facilities can only strengthen our relationship.”

Source: Petrofac 

Wood to Deliver Feasibility Study for Hydrogen Pipeline in Southern Europe

Wood, the engineering and consulting company, is delivering a scope for an energy company in southern Europe that will assess the feasibility of converting 125km of natural gas pipelines for hydrogen transportation along the Mediterranean coastline.

The study will advance the energy company’s decarbonisation goals and its ambitions to become a hydrogen enabler, linking European production to demand.

Dan Carter, Wood’s President of Decarbonisation, said: “The European Hydrogen Backbone Initiative has underlined the critical role hydrogen and its associated infrastructure will play in the transition to carbon neutrality. The project is another step forward in realising the backbone vision, which aims to repurpose approximately 32,000km of natural gas transmission pipeline by 2040.

“We’re at an exciting juncture in the transition. Moving at pace, at scale and continuing to prove viability is required to meet the ambitious targets. With our vast global experience in hydrogen design, conversion and repurposing of pipelines we will support our client to innovate and harness the potential of hydrogen as a vehicle for decarbonisation.”

As further evidence of Wood leading in this area, Wood is providing front-end engineering design (FEED) for the HyNet project, the UK’s first hydrogen distribution pipeline infrastructure system. Wood is also delivering concept and FEED studies for nearly 2,000 miles of onshore low carbon pipelines in North America.

As a leader in hydrogen production technology, Wood has been supplying hydrogen production units globally for more than 60 years. With experience in carbon capture and storage, renewable power and pipelines for distribution, Wood is well positioned to support the opportunities of low carbon hydrogen energy systems.

Source: Wood

Petrofac begins FEED work for Aramis CCS project in Netherland

Petrofac has begun a multi-million-dollar front-end-engineering design (FEED) for the Netherlands’ flagship carbon transport and storage (CCS) system, Aramis. The development marks a significant step towards achieving the European Union’s decarbonisation targets announced in the European Green Deal and the Dutch Climate Agreement. 

Aramis, a joint development by TotalEnergies, Shell, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN), and Gasunie, offers a route to decarbonisation for hard-to-abate industries across the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It seeks to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial clusters, transporting it for permanent storage in depleted offshore gas fields under the North Sea. The captured CO2 will be carried via onshore pipeline or ship to a collection hub in the Port of Rotterdam. Following temporary storage and compression, the CO2 will be carried by pipeline, designed to transport up to 22 million tonnes of CO2 annually, to several offshore facilities. Here it will be injected, via wells, into depleted gas reservoirs some three to four kilometres under the seabed. 

Multi-faceted project for its role in this multi-faceted project, Petrofac is taking overall responsibility for design of the 32” CO2 trunkline, including onshore, landfall and offshore sections, together with the offshore CO2 distribution hub platform. Petrofac will also design a CO2 pipeline linking the distribution hub to a nearby storage facility, as well as the overarching control and safety systems. 

Petrofac is collaborating with partners Peritus International and Offshore Independents in the Netherlands. Peritus International is executing the offshore trunkline design and Offshore Independents the landfall design and offshore installation analysis. Working as a fully integrated team, the project will be executed from Petrofac’s consulting hub in Woking, United Kingdom, where Peritus International is also based.

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, Energy Transition Projects, Petrofac
“We have a growing track record in supporting our clients in defining the infrastructure for developments across the CCS value chain – from the capture of emissions at source to the infrastructure required to transport and permanently store it. The Aramis project will be vital to the European Union reaching the goals outlined in the European Green Deal, and we are proud to be deploying our skills and experience in support.”

Source: Petrofac

TechnipFMC awarded an iEPCI contract worth US$1 billion from Petrobras for the Mero 3 project

TechnipFMC has been awarded a major integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (iEPCI™) contract by Petrobras to deliver the Mero 3 HISEP® project, which uses subsea processing to capture carbon dioxide-rich dense gases and then inject them into the reservoir.

TechnipFMC, in partnership with Petrobras, has advanced the qualification of some of the core technologies needed to deliver the HISEP® (High-Pressure Separation) process entirely subsea, several of which are proprietary and will be used in other subsea applications. These include gas separation systems and dense gas pumps which enable the injection of CO2-rich dense gas.

The Mero 3 project in Brazil’s pre-salt field will be the first to utilize Petrobras’s patented HISEP® process subsea. HISEP® technologies enable the capture of CO2-rich dense gases directly from the well stream, moving part of the separation process from the topside platform to the sea floor. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity, HISEP® technologies increase production capacity by debottlenecking the topside gas processing plant. These technologies are supported by Petrobras and its partners in the Libra Consortium.

Luana Duffé, Executive Vice President, New Energy at TechnipFMC, commented: “This is an important moment for our Company. With the HISEP® project, we will again demonstrate how our leadership in subsea processing, technology innovation, and integrated solutions can deliver real and sustainable benefits to our partners. We are honored to be trusted by Petrobras and its partners in the Libra Consortium to deliver this transformational project.”

The contract covers the design, engineering, manufacture, and installation of subsea equipment, including manifolds, flexible and rigid pipes, umbilicals, power distribution, as well as life of field services. The contract follows a tender process and aligns with research and development guidance established by the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP).

Source: TechnipFMC

Samsung Heavy Industries Secured an EPC Contract Worth $1.6 Billion for FLNG Order

Samsung Heavy Industries has secured an order worth about 2 trillion won for a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility. With this order, Samsung Heavy Industries now commands 71% of the global market share for new FLNG construction contracts.

Samsung Heavy Industries disclosed that it had signed an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for one FLNG unit with a North American client. The order, amounting to 2.101 trillion won (US$1.603 billion), was made via a consortium with the American design firm Black & Veatch.

Samsung Heavy Industries will handle the design and construction process of the FLNG hull and superstructure. This contract expands the company’s FLNG orders to two units, diversifying its portfolio to include marine plants in addition to LNG carriers. Previously, in January of last year, they secured a US$1.5 billion contract for one FLNG unit with Malaysia’s Petronas. This year, the company plans to continue its active bid for orders in locations like Mozambique, Africa, and the United States.

Currently, seven new FLNG units have been ordered and contracted worldwide, with Samsung Heavy Industries having secured five (71%) of these, dominating the market. FLNG facilities enable the complete on-sea processing of LNG production.

Source: Business Korea

Tecnimont Authorized to Start Engineering Works for KIMA Fertilizer Project in Egypt

Technimont has been awarded the project for a nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plant by KIMA, Egyptian Chemical Industries Company. MAIRE (MAIRE.MI) informs that Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions BU) has received the advance payment and the authorization to start the engineering works, while the notice to proceed with the full Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) activities is expected by the end of June 2024.

The EPC contract was awarded to a Tecnimont-led consortium for an overall value of USD 300 million, of which approximately USD 220 million pertaining to Tecnimont.

The plant will replace the older units for the ammonium nitrate at site, significantly reducing the present greenhouse emissions thanks to state-of-the-art abatement systems improving the overall energy efficiency and environmental standards.

Once in operation in 2026, this plant will also allow to fully exploit the upstream ammonia production facility, recently built by Tecnimont and successfully started up in 2020 in the same industrial site, located in the Aswan Governorship, in Upper Egypt, thus improving the economic return of the complex. The ammonium nitrate will be used as a fertilizer both employed by local farmers to boost the productivity of their fields and exported on the international markets.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “We are glad to start this strategic project, which is important for the industrial plans of KIMA as well as for the development of the agricultural activities in the whole region”.

Source: Technimont

L&T Construction Wins Contract for its Power Transmission & Distribution Business In Middle East

The Power Transmission & Distribution business of L&T Construction has secured key orders in the Middle East region.

In the United Arab Emirates, the business has received an order for Engineering, Supply, Construction, Installation, Testing and Commissioning a 400/132kV Substation. The scope also includes associated Transformer, Reactor and Substation Control & Monitoring Systems (SCMS).

In Kuwait, the business has won an order to establish 400kV Overhead Transmission Lines along with associated 400kV Underground Cable interconnections. This transmission segment of more than 100KM route length will help to evacuate and generate power.

Additional orders have been won in ongoing substation orders in the region.

Source: L&T Construction

ACWA Power Signs $4 Billion Contract to Develop Green Hydrogen Project in Egypt

Saudi-listed ACWA Power, the world’s largest private water desalination company, leader in energy transition, and first mover into green hydrogen, has signed the framework agreement, following the MoU that was signed to outline the development of the first phase of the green hydrogen project in Egypt with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes-per-year of green ammonia, with an investment in excess of USD 4bn, with the intention of scaling up to a second phase with a potential capacity of 2 million tonnes-per-year

The agreement was signed between ACWA Power and The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). 

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the H.E. Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt; H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, the Egyptian Minister of Electricity; H.E. Osama Bin Ahmed Nugali, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Ayman Soliman, CEO of the TSFE, Mr. Waleid Gamal Eldien, Chairman of SCZone, , Eng. Sabah Mashaly, Chairman of EETC; Dr. Mohamed El Khayat, Chairman, NREA; Marco Arcelli, CEO, ACWA Power, Thomas Brostrom CIO, ACWA Power, Driss Berraho VP, Business Development-Green Hydrogen and Hassan Amin, Country Director- Egypt, ACWA Power. This Framework agreement marks the next step in the development of this large-scale Green Hydrogen facility.

The framework agreement lays out the development of the first phase of a green ammonia project with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes-per-year powered by wind and solar plants, with the intention of working on a larger green hydrogen project in the country which could have a capacity of up to two million-tonnes-per-year of green hydrogen. 

Marco Arcelli, Chief Executive Officer of ACWA Power commented “As a first mover in green hydrogen, ACWA Power is proud to bring its expertise in this new and exciting market to Egypt. We commend our partners for their bold step into producing the fuel for the future, for which there will be great demand in Europe and the rest of the world. Egypt is well-positioned to become one of the world’s top producers of green hydrogen and we are elated to be a part of the country’s energy transition”

ACWA Power has a history of developing significant renewable projects to ensure a reliable supply of clean and low-cost energy to Egypt. This latest project brings the total number of ACWA Power’s assets in operation, under construction, and in advanced development in Egypt to 5 – all renewable energy projects with a total power generation capacity of 1.4 GW. 

It will be a significant addition to ACWA Power’s rapidly expanding green hydrogen portfolio. Development is well underway at the NEOM Green Hydrogen Project, a joint venture between ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM to create the world’s first utility-scale green hydrogen plant in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. The project will be capable of producing 1.2 million tonnes of green ammonia per year. The first wind turbines were delivered to the site in October.

On November 27th, the company broke ground on its second green hydrogen project, in Uzbekistan. The first phase of this project will be capable of producing 3,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, with the intention to expand to a second phase. Once the second phase is complete, 2.4 GW of wind energy will power the production of 500,000 tonnes of green ammonia per year.

The company also signed further agreements during COP28 for green hydrogen projects in Jordan and Indonesia. 


L&T Construction Wins a Major EPC Contract in Saudi Arabia

The Construction arm of Larsen & Toubro has been chosen as the turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor to establish various systems related to renewable energy generation and utilities, for the Amaala project in the Red Sea region, Saudi Arabia.

AMAALA is an ultra-luxury destination set in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast. Spanning an area of 4155 square kilometers, the project features pristine landscape and diverse natural ecosystems, coupled with unique and intriguing heritage and local culture. Once completed, this destination will have 25 hotels and 900 luxury residential villas, apartments and estate homes alongside high-end retail establishments, fine dining, wellness and recreational facilities.

The consortium of UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, Masdar, and French Electricity utility EDF has signed the concession agreement for the fully integrated utility project with the developers of AMAALA. Larsen & Toubro has entered into an EPC agreement with the Sponsors viz. EDF and Masdar.

In line with the ambition of going beyond sustainability and have a regenerative impact on environment, the project awarded to L&T will have an optimized off-grid renewable energy system comprising of ~250MWp Solar PV plant and >700MWh Battery Energy Storage System. The scope for power systems also involves biofuel based internal combustion engines, three Gas Insulated Substations, high voltage transmission lines and medium voltage distribution networks.

The scope for water systems involves constructing a 37 MLD Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plant, 6 MLD Sewage Treatment Plants, marine works including intake and outfall, tank farms, potable water network, wastewater network and treated sewage effluent network.

Commenting on the development Mr. T. Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities), Larsen & Toubro said, “The award of this prestigious contract stands testimony to the synergistic strength of diverse offerings of L&T Construction in providing innovative solutions to customers keen on sustainable, clean and reliable electricity and water systems.”

Source: Larsen & Toubro

ADNOC to Acquire OCI’s Stake in Fertiglobe for $3.62 Billion

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company P.J.S.C. and OCI Global announced that they have entered into a sale and purchase agreement (the “SPA” or the “Agreement”) for the acquisition by ADNOC of OCI’s entire majority shareholding in Fertiglobe plc (ADX: FERTIGLB) (“Fertiglobe”). Fertiglobe is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (“ADX”) and is the world’s largest seaborne exporter of urea and ammonia combined, the largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the Middle East & North Africa, and an early mover in sustainable ammonia, with production facilities in Egypt, Algeria and the UAE. 

The transaction, which will see ADNOC become majority shareholder in Fertiglobe, supports the Company’s ambitious chemicals strategy and its plans to establish a global growth platform for ammonia, a key lower carbon fuel and hydrogen carrier that is expected to play an important role in the energy transition. 

For Fertiglobe, this transaction supports the company’s future growth plans, enabling it to accelerate the pursuit of new market and product opportunities and expand its focus on clean ammonia as an emerging fuel and hydrogen carrier. 

Under the terms of the Agreement, ADNOC will purchase OCI’s 50% + 1 share stake in Fertiglobe at a price of AED 3.20 per share, representing a total purchase price of AED 13.28 billion ($3.62 billion). The SPA also incorporates an earn-out mechanism for FY2024 and FY2025, linked to commodity pricing and the free cash flow performance of the Fertiglobe business during the relevant period. Following the completion of the transaction, ADNOC’s shareholding in Fertiglobe will increase to 86.2% while the free float traded on ADX will remain at 13.8%. 

Khaled Salmeen, Executive Director, Downstream, Marketing & Trading Directorate at ADNOC, said: “Working in close partnership with OCI since 2018, we have successfully listed and grown Fertiglobe into the world’s largest seaborne exporter of ammonia and urea fertilizers. Today’s agreement reinforces ADNOC’s long-term commitment to Fertiglobe and our continued focus on delivering growth and maximizing value for the company’s shareholders. This important transaction supports ADNOC’s ambitious chemicals growth strategy and accelerates our plan to establish a global growth platform for ammonia and clean ammonia.”

Building on ADNOC and OCI’s strong and long-standing strategic partnership, the two companies have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to explore potential cooperation on future growth opportunities for ammonia imports into Europe and product distribution. Both partners have deep knowledge and understanding of the role that ammonia has to play in global decarbonization and energy transition, and the MoU provides a robust framework to leverage each Company’s strengths in pursuing opportunities in the energy transition and decarbonization areas.

Nassef Sawiris, Vice Chairman of Fertiglobe and Executive Chairman of OCI Global, commented: “Today marks a pivotal juncture in Fertiglobe’s journey with ADNOC, which began in 2018. Within the ADNOC Group, I am confident that Fertiglobe has found its optimal long-term home, and that with ADNOC’s continued support and guidance, significant value creation and exciting growth opportunities lie ahead. OCI looks forward to continued collaboration with ADNOC which will focus on value accretive growth projects outside the Middle East.”

The transaction is expected to close in 2024, subject to the completion of all necessary legal and regulatory conditions, including anti-trust approvals.

ADNOC, OCI and Fertiglobe will provide further material updates as and when appropriate.

Source: ADNOC

Saipem & Valmet signed an MOU to develop integrated solutions to decarbonize hard-to-abate industries

Saipem and Valmet, a Finland-based leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop joint solutions to decarbonize the industrial sectors that face significant challenges in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, also known as hard-to-abate industries.  

The companies will collaborate to offer effective solutions combining Saipem’s technologies for CO2 management with the heat recovery and flue gas treatment units engineered and produced by Valmet for the pulp, paper and energy segments, thus bringing integrated and flexible options to their customers in both existing and new facilities.

Both Saipem and Valmet are engaged to support customers along their Net Zero journey and are distinctively placed to ensure effective end-to-end CO2 management for carbon emission-intensive industries.

“Sustainability is at the core of Valmet’s business strategy and operations. In our climate program − Forward to a carbon-neutral future − we have set ambitious targets as we believe that technology plays a key role in mitigating climate change and global warming in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. We have already achieved our target of enabling carbon-neutral production for all our pulp, paper and energy customers who have access to carbon-neutral energy sources. We are also continuously improving the energy efficiency of our current offering. Our collaboration with Saipem fully supports these targets, and we are proud to be part of this initiative,” says Lari-Matti Kuvaja, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Fabrizio Botta, Chief Commercial Officer at Saipem, commented: “Technology is the key to successfully tackle the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors. Together with Valmet, our ambition is to integrate processes and technologies, providing clients with an end-to-end decarbonized solution in line with their Net Zero targets.  This MoU expands Saipem’s portfolio of energy transition innovations, further strengthening our unique ability to cover the entire CO2 capture, re-utilization and storage value chain, through our drilling, onshore and offshore know-how, assets and technologies”.

Source: Saipem 

Petrofac and Hitachi Energy announce second project in support of TenneT’s 2GW Programme

Petrofac, alongside with its partner Hitachi Energy has announced the award of a second project under a US$14 billion, multi-year Framework Agreement with TenneT – the Dutch-German Transmission System Operator – to expand offshore wind capacity in the North Sea.

This second contract is for Nederwiek 1, a Dutch transmission station which forms part of TenneT’s landmark 2 Gigawatt (2GW) Programme. The project is to be executed as a standalone project, with Petrofac’s portion of the second contract valued at around US$1.4 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement, we will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of offshore platforms and elements of the onshore converter stations while Hitachi Energy, as global technology partner, will supply its HVDC converter stations, which convert AC to DC power offshore and DC to AC onshore.

Close collaboration

Since we announced the framework agreement in January, we have been collaborating closely with Hitachi Energy on preparatory works, reserving production capacity for multiple platforms and HVDC technology and initiating the detailed design process for the first platform awarded under the agreement, Ijmuiden Ver Alpha.

Additional projects within TenneT’s 2GW Programme are expected to be awarded at approximately six-month intervals. These are the grid connections landing at Geertruidenberg or Moerdijk (Nederwiek 3) and Eemshaven (Doordewind 1 and Doordewind 2). The sixth project, the German connection LanWin5, will be connected near Rastede, Germany.

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Energy Transition Projects, Petrofac, said:

“We have been collaborating with our partner Hitachi Energy, and client TenneT, on the first project, Ijmuiden Ver Alpha. The award of Nederwiek 1 continues our focus on the standardisation and harmonisation of design and execution that will be central to the ‘design one, build many’ philosophy of the 2GW Programme. By aligning ourselves with TenneT’s objectives, we are creating a blueprint for the rapid deployment of large-scale infrastructure projects crucial to Europe’s energy transition”.

Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business said:

“As a pioneering technology and market leader, we are delighted to collaborate to deliver our HVDC solution for Nederwiek 1, combining world-class energy and digital systems. Our strong collaboration with Petrofac, based on an agile business model, scalable solutions and synergies among projects, allows us to join forces and support TenneT in its ambition to accelerate offshore wind deployment in the North Sea, granting European citizens more sustainable and reliable power.”

Source: Petrofac

Chiyoda Corporation & Technip Energies Awarded Feasibility Study for Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Project in Japan

Chiyoda Corporation is pleased to have been awarded a Feasibility Study (FS) contract by a Japanese domestic developer (Customer) to verify the feasibility of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) design and execution plan for specific sea area in Japan.

Chiyoda will plan to coordinate the entire project as the main contractor and plan the fabrication, transportation, storage, installation and supply chain of floater in Japan, and consider the compliance with Japanese regulations etc. which is being considered by Customer for the construction of a FOWT with Technip Energies.

Chiyoda and Technip Energies have built continuous and strong relationship through numerous natural gas projects over two decades and have a non-exclusive agreement to pursue the opportunity of FOWT project in Japan. Based on their strong relationship, Chiyoda and Technip Energies will utilize Technip Energies’ proprietary semi-submersible floater technology for this project.

Technip Energies has delivered a high number of floating facilities in the energy industry. Their semi-submersible floating technology, such as INO™, is one of the most proven and they have numerous references in FOWT projects around the world especially in Europe and Korea. In complement, Chiyoda also has a lot of achievements of renewable energy and petrochemical and LNG terminal EPC projects in Japan and have been building up our knowledge since 2018 and have been awarded and/ or completed a number of works for projects of bottom-fixed Offshore Wind project in Japan such as Pre-FEED etc.. Chiyoda and Technip Energies believe that, by integrating the technology, skills and know-how of both companies, they can come up with a cost competitive and feasible execution plan to conduct the FOWT project.

Recently, building on the perspective of energy security stemming from the Ukraine crisis and the goal of achieving net-zero targets by 2050 based on the Paris Agreement, expectations are increasing for offshore wind as future main source of renewable energy in Japan. In particular, floating offshore wind is a very promising decarbonized power source which can rely on Japanese geographical advantages as a maritime nation. Chiyoda will accumulate knowledge in this field through practical experience in execution planning of floating structure construction, 2 procurement, transportation, wind turbine installation and project execution management, and will also actively work towards a net-zero society through the social implementation of safe and feasible FOWT projects.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

NEXTCHEM awarded waste-to-chemicals feasibility study

MAIRE announces that NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions BU), through its subsidiary MyRechemical, a leader in waste-to-chemicals, has been awarded a feasibility study for the integration of its proprietary Waste-to-Syngas technology in a large-scale conversion plant that would transform solid municipal waste into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). This is the first major project in the UAE aimed at producing up to 120,000 tons per year of SAF.

MyRechemical will provide the gasification unit to transform solid waste streams into synthesis gas (syngas); this syngas will be converted into low carbon ethanol and then to SAF.

“We are happy to participate in the first waste-to-chemicals initiative in the UAE” commented Giacomo Rispoli, CEO of MyRechemical. “This achievement further confirms our commitment in valorizing alternative feedstocks contributing concretely to the reduction of the carbon footprint in the aviation sector. This happens in a country like UAE where we boast a long-standing presence in the transformation of natural resources, and which is now open to sustainable innovation”.

Source: MAIRE 

Petrofac secures brownfield EPC framework with TotalEnergies

Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has secured an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) framework agreement with TotalEnergies.

Under the three-year framework, Petrofac will have the opportunity to deliver brownfield EPCC solutions across TotalEnergies’ UKCS assets.

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer of Petrofac’s Asset Solutions business, said: “In a mature basin like the UKCS – where enhanced recovery, field life extension and decarbonisation are key – this framework recognises our ability to combine our extensive engineering and construction expertise and offshore operations experience to support TotalEnergies.”

Source: Petrofac

TotalEnergies, QatarEnergy and Petronas Signed a New Offshore Exploration Contract for Suriname

TotalEnergies and its partners QatarEnergy and Petronas have signed a production-sharing contract for Block 64 with Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname (Staatsolie), the State-owned oil company of Suriname.

Block 64 was awarded to TotalEnergies and its partners in the Bid Round 2022-2023 organized by the authorities of Suriname. TotalEnergies will operate the block with a 40% interest, alongside QatarEnergy (30%) and Petronas (30%).

Block 64 is a large 6,262 km2 block located about 250 km from shore.

TotalEnergies is delighted to expand further its presence in offshore Suriname, together with two strategic partners. This new block fits well with our strategy to focus our exploration activity in exploring for material low cost and low emission resources in core areas for the Company”, said Kevin McLachlan, Senior Vice President Exploration of TotalEnergies.

In Suriname, TotalEnergies operates Block 58 (50%) where five discoveries have been made and where development studies are in progress, with the objective of sanctioning a 200,000 b/d oil project by end 2024. In May 2023, TotalEnergies entered exploration blocks 6 and 8 as operator (40%) alongside QatarEnergy (20%) and Paradise Oil Company (POC), a subsidiary of the national company Staatsolie (40%).

Source: TotalEnergies

NEXTCHEM Awarded an Engineering Design Study by Saras for the Green Synthetic Fuels Pilot Plant in Italy

MAIRE announces that NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions BU), through its subsidiary NextChem Tech, has signed an agreement with Saras S.p.A for an engineering design study to accelerate the path towards decarbonization of Saras’ refinery in Sarroch, Sardinia.

The study relates to the development of a pilot plant for the production of green synthetic fuels from low carbon hydrogen and CO2 in the refinery with the potential for scaling-up to an industrial facility. This project will be among the first initiatives in the EU to demonstrate the viability of producing synthetic fuels for the aviation sector.

NextChem Tech will leverage on its proprietary NX CPO technology[1], an advanced innovative process to produce synthesis gas via a controlled partial oxidation, through a very fast reaction. When applied to the synthetic fuel production, this versatile technology is able to boost carbon efficiency and global yield of the overall process.

The activity will contribute to Saras’ decarbonization strategy as part of its green synthetic fuel initiatives developed, among others, under an Italian NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) which implies the utilization of clean hydrogen in the hard-to-abate sectors.

Alessandro Bernini, CEO of MAIRE, commented: “This award represents a further confirmation of the soundness of MAIRE’s technology value proposition aimed at meeting global decarbonization goals. In this way, we are able to support our traditional clients in the conversion of existing refineries into valuable assets for a sustainable future”.

NX CPO (Catalytic Partial Oxidation) technology, constitutes a solution for syngas production. Hydrocarbon or biobased feedstocks undergo a controlled partial oxidation in presence of a catalyst that facilitates the conversion into syngas through an entirely heterogeneous very fast reaction.

Source: MAIRE 

Petrofac begins FEED for Neptune Energy’s L10CCS carbon storage project in the Netherlands

The Petrofac consulting team has recently begun work on the front-end engineering design (FEED) on a project that aims to play a key role in supporting the European Union in reaching its decarbonisation goals.

The FEED has been awarded by Neptune Energy for its L10 Operation facilities – a carbon storage infrastructure development that will connect to the Netherlands’ flagship Carbon Capture, Transportation, and Storage (CCS) project, Aramis.

The L10 Operation is being developed by Neptune Energy, alongside its partners EBN, Tenaz Energy, and ExxonMobil, and seeks to store up to five metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, which will be captured from industrial emitters in the region.

Our scope covers the first two phases of the project, L10 South (1A) and L10 North (1B), and is being executed by our consulting team, based in Woking, UK:

Phase 1A: L10-South – installation of an L10 hub/injection platform in the L10 south storage complex and installation of a spur line from the Aramis DHUB (distribution hub) platform to the L10 hub platform

Phase 1B: L10-North – The installation of an injection platform (L10-Y) in the L10 north storage complex (L10-BE) and the installation of an inter-field pipeline between the L10 hub and injection platform

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, Energy Transition Projects commented: “Energy transition projects like this reflect our growing role in helping deliver key infrastructure that will be vital to achieving a lower-carbon future. We look forward to deploying our multi-disciplinary engineering capabilities and more than 20 years of experience of offshore pipelines and infrastructure to support Neptune Energy and its partners. This development builds on our strong track record in CCUS, from emitter capture at the asset, through transportation and ultimately long-term geological storage.”

The FEED is expected to be completed in the second half of 2024, and Neptune Energy aims to progress towards a Final Investment Decision in 2025.

Source: Petrofac


A consortium of Saudi Archirodon and DEME has been awarded the second phase of transformation work for the Port of NEOM, the primary seaport of entry to northwest Saudi Arabia.

Based in Oxagon, the Port of NEOM is strategically located along the coast of the Red Sea and is adjacent to the nearby Suez Canal, through which 13% of global trade passes. The port will be a critical enabler to the overall build, operations, and economic ambitions of NEOM, facilitating the import of goods and materials during the development phase and as a new global port serving the region.

The project will commence in December 2023. DEME will work in a consortium with leading international marine construction group Archirodon to deliver on the contract to form the basin that will enable the world’s largest ships to call at Port of NEOM. All materials recovered as part of the channel development will be used to support the wider development of Oxagon.

Christopher Iwens, Managing Director Dredging at DEME: “We are proud to be awarded this important project which focuses on building a next generation sustainable port in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This contract underscores our technical and engineering expertise which, alongside the capabilities of our partners at Archirodon, were undoubtedly key factors in DEME securing this landmark contract.”

Source: DEME