L&T Construction is all set to create Renewable Energy Infrastructure for the World’s Largest Green Hydrogen plant at NEOM

The Power Transmission & Distribution Business of Larsen & Toubro has achieved important milestones for the Power Elements and Grid packages of the world’s largest green hydrogen plant being built by NEOM Green Hydrogen Company.  Located at Oxagon in Saudi Arabia’s region of NEOM, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC) is an equal joint-venture by ACWA Power, Air Products and NEOM. 

NGHC is setting up a mega plant to produce green hydrogen at-scale for global export in the form of green ammonia with a total investment of USD 8.4 billion.  Supported by 23 local, regional, and international banking and financial institutions, the project has now achieved full financial close and construction is moving forward. 

A few quarters back, L&T received the nod to establish the Renewable Energy Generation, Storage and Grid infrastructure, from Air Products, the system-integrating EPC Contractor and exclusive off-taker of green ammonia to be produced from the project.  The value of the packages awarded to L&T aggregate to USD 2.779 billion. Since then, significant progress has been achieved in various activities including surveys, design & engineering, establishment of temporary facilities and procurement of long lead items. 

Under these contracts, L&T will engineer, procure, and construct a 2.2 GWac PV Solar Plant, 1.65 GW Wind Generation Balance of Plant and a 400 MWh Battery Energy Storage System under the Power Elements package. It will also construct 3 Nos of 380 kV Switching Stations, 306 KM of 380 kV Overhead lines and UG Cables required to the Kingdom’s Grid network. The scope also includes the Energy Power Monitoring System (EPMS) for the complete network. 

Appreciating the bold vision of the Kingdom and the project proponents, the CEO and MD of Larsen & Toubro, Mr. S. N. Subrahmanyan said, “Such initiatives at scale have the potential to speed up global energy transition. Also, these technology-led projects are aligned with L&T’s aspirations towards propelling our next wave of growth and reflect the customer’s trust in our commitment to professionalism, timely delivery, and quality”. 

Commenting on the development, Mr. T Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities), Larsen & Toubro said, “We are proud to be associated with the project that will integrate 4GW of renewable energy to enable production of up to 600 tonnes of carbon-free hydrogen per day.” 

In a recent statement, Wolfgang Brand, Vice President of NEOM Green Hydrogen from Air Products, the prime EPC contractor and system integrator for the entire facility, expressed enthusiasm for the progress made towards the world’s largest green hydrogen production facility in NEOM. “We are pleased to commence the full execution of this lighthouse project and are proud to work with our partner L&T in their ambition to produce carbon-free hydrogen using renewable energy,” said Mr. Brand. 

“NGHC is excited to be leading the global energy transition and having the right partners is essential in making this happen, so we are thrilled to be working with Larsen & Toubro on our green hydrogen generation, grid infrastructure and storage”, added David R. Edmondson, CEO of NEOM Green Hydrogen Company.

Source:Larsen & Toubro

Hitachi Energy Awarded NEOM’s First Phase of HVDC Project

Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader advancing a sustainable energy future for all, has signed agreements under the supervision and management of the Ministry of Energy with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and with ENOWA. The agreements include the supply of three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems to end customer ENOWA, the utility company for NEOM in Northwest Saudi Arabia. Built with sustainability in mind, NEOM is among Saudi Arabia’s Giga-Projects1 reshaping the future of development. The three HVDC links will have a total power capacity of up to 9 gigawatts (GW). 

The agreements include an order from ENOWA’s engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) partner, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded to Hitachi Energy and its consortium partner, Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical Works (SSEM), to provide one of the world’s first 3 GW, 525 kilovolt (kV) HVDC Light® transmission system connecting Oxagon, NEOM’s regional development, with the larger Yanbu area more than 650 kilometers away in Western Saudi Arabia. 

Hitachi Energy’s scope of supply includes design, engineering, procurement of HVDC technology and commissioning of the HVDC Light converter stations. Whilst SSEM – a leading Saudi EPC specialized in power, water and industrial projects – will design and supply the AC equipment portion and perform the construction and the installation. The converter stations convert the power from AC to DC then back to AC for integration into the receiving grid. The converters will be sourced by and supplied to Saudi Electricity Company, who were contracted in 2022 by ENOWA to act as their EPCM to build this first HVDC system for NEOM.

Further to this, Hitachi Energy and ENOWA have signed an early works and capacity reservation agreement for two additional HVDC projects, each rated up to 3 GW. Under this agreement, both companies commit to having the resources and capacity necessary to implement these two HVDC systems. As part of a new scalable and modular regional network design that is targeted to seamlessly integrate future renewables and energy storage technologies in the NEOM Energy System, making it unique in terms of size and complexity. The co-operation will also explore opportunities to develop local competencies in the Kingdom, including ways to sustainably assemble the necessary HVDC Light components locally.

“We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with ENOWA and Saudi Electricity Company in order to power one of the most visionary development projects of all time,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “As the world progresses towards a more sustainable future, our expertise and HVDC technologies are true enablers of the electrification of the global energy system and the transition to renewables.”

“By securing the first capacities for such an important part of our future grid in only one year since the decision to use this technology, we show ENOWA’s commitment to supporting Saudi Vision 2030 in collaboration with Saudi Electricity Company and Hitachi Energy,” said Thorsten Schwarz, Executive Director of Grid Technology & Projects, Energy of ENOWA.  

ENOWA, NEOM’s energy and water company, produces and delivers clean and sustainable energy for industrial and commercial applications. The company benefits from NEOM’s greenfield site and strategic location in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia, with abundant solar and wind resources. ENOWA will act as a catalyst and incubator for developing new, sustainable energy and water businesses while creating a robust economic sector regionally. 

ENOWA seeks by its commitment to renewable energy and efficient water management, to become a global reference for industry leaders and setting a benchmark for sustainable economic circular systems around the world. Formed in 2022, ENOWA is the principal shareholder in the world’s largest green hydrogen production plant set to be commissioned in 2026 and will enable NEOM to be a global green hydrogen hub.

NEOM will be powered by 100 percent clean energy, through renewable solar, wind, and green hydrogen-based energy. The region is designed to be a blueprint for sustainable urban living with minimal impact on the environment and enhanced livability.

Source: Hitachi Energy

TechnipFMC Awarded Significant iEPCI Contract by Shell for the Dover Development

TechnipFMC has been awarded a significant integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (iEPCI) contract by Shell plc for its Dover development in the Gulf of Mexico.

TechnipFMC will supply the subsea tree systems in addition to the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the umbilical, riser, and flowline systems.

The Dover development will tie back to the Appomattox platform, where TechnipFMC previously supplied and installed the subsea production systems.

Jonathan Landes, President, of Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “Dover represents a continuation of our decades-long relationship with Shell. We look forward to helping extend production in this prolific basin.”

Source: TechnipFMC

McDermott Awarded PMC Contract From IOCL

McDermott has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract from India Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for the Maleic Anhydride (MAH) unit at the Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, located 62 miles (100 kilometers) from New Delhi, India.

McDermott’s scope includes project management and consultancy services for the unit, including front-end engineering design (FEED), review of engineering activities, construction supervision services, assistance in start-up, pre-commissioning, commissioning, performance guarantee test run, and project closure. 

McDermott has a long-standing relationship with IOCL and is currently executing three large-scale projects at their Barauni and Haldia refineries,” said Vaseem Khan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Onshore. “Our unrivaled project management and execution capabilities, combined with our decades of experience in India, uniquely position us to successfully execute this project.”

This is India’s first mega-scale MAH plant to manufacture chemical products. MAH is used to make specialty products like polyester resins, surface coating plasticizers, agrochemicals, and lubricant additives. Other chemicals that will be produced from the plant include Tetra Hydro Furan (THF), which is widely used in adhesives and vinyl film, and Butanediol (BDO), which is used in engineering-grade plastic and biodegradable fibers. Work on the project will be executed from McDermott’s Center of Excellence in Gurugram, India.

Source: McDermott 

Orascom Construction & Metito Consortium awarded a $2.4 Billion Large Scale Water Project in UAE

A consortium of Orascom Construction and Metito will, together with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company PJSC (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), develop, own, and operate a large-scale seawater treatment and water transportation project worth up to $2.4 billion in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Orascom Construction is the consortium leader.

The greenfield project will be funded through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) on a build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) model for 30 years. ADNOC and TAQA will jointly hold a 51% stake in the SPV, and Orascom Construction and Metito will own 49% (24.5% each).

The mega project will comprise a greenfield seawater nanofiltration plant with a treatment capacity of more than 110 million imperial gallons per day (500,000 m3/day) in addition to seawater intake and outfall facilities, pumping stations, a water transmission pipeline of approximately 75km, and an in-field distribution network of more than 230km to support reservoir pressure maintenance in the Bab and Bu Hasa fields in Abu Dhabi.

The project will replace the current aquifer water injection systems used for maintaining reservoir pressure in ADNOC’s onshore oil fields, thereby ensuring sustainable water supply for ADNOC’s onshore operations while preserving the UAE’s natural aquifer resources. The project will also enhance energy efficiency by up to 30% and reduce ADNOC’s environmental footprint compared to the current injection system.

Osama Bishai, CEO of Orascom Construction, commented, “We are proud to partner with ADNOC and TAQA to deliver a project that is key to the sustainable development of the UAE’s oil and gas sector. We started our focus on important water projects over a decade ago and have since played a major role in undertaking some of the most complex projects in this sector. We are also very pleased to strengthen our presence in the UAE as we continue to target strategic projects in the region across sectors in which we have developed strong expertise. This project also plays a key role in our growth strategy to pursue infrastructure investments that provide both construction opportunities and long-term recurring income.”

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, emphasized, “The UAE established its name as the leader for knowledge-based, future-focused economic strategies and a leader in combating climate change and promoting water positivity.  Being a global hub for innovations and sustainable practices, this mega project is testament of how capitalizing on technology can revolutionize industry norms and practices to best preserve valuable water resources and the environment. Over the years Metito has built a strategic project portfolio of mega concession projects and iconic world and industry firsts and we are confident this will be a landmark project and a global milestone. We are honoured to be part of this.”

Source: Orascom Construction

Subsea7 confirms major EPCI contract offshore Türkiye

Subsea 7 S.A. confirmed the award of a major contract by Turkish Petroleum for the second phase of the Sakarya field development offshore Türkiye in the Black Sea.

The award for this two-phase subsea development. The first phase has been recorded in the backlog in the second quarter of 2023 and the second phase, expected in 2024, remains subject to sanction by the client. 

The contract is awarded to a consortium including Subsea7 and its partner in Subsea Integration Alliance, OneSubsea®2, as well as SLB and Saipem. The integrated project scope of the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract will cover the subsurface solutions including subsea production systems (SPS), subsea umbilicals and flowlines (SURF).   

The scope of work to be executed by Subsea7 comprises the EPCI of approximately 37 kilometres of infield flowlines, 47 kilometres of control umbilicals and associated subsea equipment in water depths of 2,000 metres.  The contract also includes additional FEED studies and options to further extend the scope of work.

Project management and engineering will be managed from the Subsea7 office in Istanbul, Türkiye and offshore activities are expected between Q2 2025 and Q3 2025, with optional scope between Q4 2026 and Q4 2027 subject to a final investment decision by the client.

Franck Louvety, Africa, Middle East & Caspian Vice President said: “Through the close collaboration of Subsea7, OneSubsea® and Turkish Petroleum, the first gas from Sakarya Phase 1 was delivered just 30 months after discovery. Subsea7 looks forward to extending this relationship for Phase 2 and continuing our contribution to the development of the energy industry in Türkiye.”

Source: Subsea 7 

Técnicas Reunidas signs relevant contract to develop a zero-carbon nitrogen fertilizer plant in the USA

Técnicas Reunidas (TR) has signed a contract with the green fertilizer company Atlas Agro (AA) for the development of a zero-carbon fertilizer plant, Pacific Green Fertilizer (PGF), in the Northwest of the United States, close to Richland, a city in Benton County (Washington).

TR and AA have already worked together in the previous stage, the Feasibility Phase of the PGF Plant.

The current contract includes the execution of the FEED as well as the investment estimation in the form of an “open book” (FEED-OBE Contract), for 9 million USD. Once the FEED phase is complete and all approvals have been received, Técnicas Reunidas will start the execution of the plant through an EPC contract. The estimated total investment is close to 1 billion USD.

This award follows the de-risking strategy put in place by Técnicas Reunidas, as the EPC would be executed after a thorough risk assessment and mitigation strategy developed during the FEED stage.

The nitrogen fertilizer plant which will use Tecnicas Reunidas proprietary technology for the main process units and will be the world’s first full-scale zero-carbon nitrogen plant, using only air, water, and zero-carbon electricity as raw materials.  

It will have the capacity to produce 650,000 tons per year of Calcium Ammonium Nitrate and will be composed of the following main units: Ammonia, Nitric Acid, Ammonium Nitrate, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate, Calcium Nitrate, Electrolyzers, and Air Separation.

The plant will be the first of a series that Atlas Agro plans to build in multiple regions across the world.

This new contract consolidates Tecnicas Reunidas’ reputation in the market as an experienced FEED/OBE Contractor and Tecnicas Reunidas’ commitment to continue and expand its activities in the important North American market.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas 

Petrofac led JV selected for US$1.5 billion EPC project in Algeria

Petrofac, leading a joint venture with petrochemical industry specialist, China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC), has received notification of a conditional award by STEP Polymers SPA (100% Sonatrach subsidiary) to execute a significant petrochemical project in Algeria. The total contract value is approximately US$1.5 billion, with Petrofac’s share valued at over US$1 billion.

The plant will be located at the Arzew Industrial Zone, west of Algiers. Covering the design and build of two major integrated processing units, the contract includes the delivery of a new propane dehydrogenation unit and polypropylene production unit, as well as associated utilities and infrastructure for the site. It is expected to produce 550,000 tons of polypropylene per year.

Tareq Kawash, Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be supporting our customer to deliver this strategic project. Algeria is a core market for Petrofac and we are committed to supporting the long-term delivery of critical infrastructure as the country plays an increasingly important role as a major energy producer and moves into major petrochemical projects.”

Elie Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer for Petrofac’s Engineering & Construction division, said: “The award of this major project builds on Petrofac’s 25-year track record of successfully supporting Algeria’s energy industry. As our client responds to the world’s increasing demand for petrochemical products, we are looking forward to developing our breadth of experience in-country, through the safe and timely delivery of this project.”

Petrofac has been active in Algeria since 1997, when it opened its first office in Algiers. The company has since developed some of the country’s most significant oil and gas assets, with an impressive track record in executing projects successfully, underpinned by a commitment to supporting the nationalisation agenda and developing local workforces.

This contract award forms part of the US$1.5 billion of opportunities described by Petrofac as being at preferred bidder stage in its December trading update.

Source: Petrofac

Saipem awarded two new offshore EPCI contracts worth $850 million

Saipem has been awarded two new offshore contracts, one for Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) project in the Black Sea and one for decommissioning activities in the North Sea. The overall value of the contracts amounts to approximately 850 million USD.

The first contract has been assigned by Turkish Petroleum OTC for the second phase of Sakarya FEED and EPCI Project and entails the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation of a 16” pipeline, 175 km long, at 2,200-meter water depth, in the Turkish Black Sea waters. The offshore operations are to begin in summer 2024 and will be conducted by Saipem’s flagship vessel Castorone. Saipem has recently completed with success the first phase of Sakarya Gas Field Development project, awarded by Turkish Petroleum OTC in 2021.

The other contract has been assigned by EnQuest Heather Limited for the decommissioning of the existing Thistle A Platform, located in the UK sector of the North Sea, around 510 kilometres northeast of Aberdeen, in a water depth of 162 meters. Saipem’s activities entail the engineering, preparation, removal, and disposal of the jacket and topsides, with possible extension to further subsea facilities. The activities will be carried out by the Saipem 7000, one of the largest semi-submersible heavy lifting vessels in the world.

Fabrizio Botta, Saipem‘s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “These important awards demonstrate Saipem’s excellent competitive positioning in the Offshore Engineering & Construction market, a sector that is experiencing a full expansion momentum of which Saipem is ready to seize the opportunities. The contract awarded in the Black Sea is a confirmation of Saipem’s prominent positioning and of its long-standing relationships with clients. The North Sea contract, finally, is a further example of Saipem’s capabilities in a segment where the combination of innovative engineering, unique assets, and safe operations is crucial”.

Source: Saipem 

Técnicas Reunidas wins a contract for the electrification of large machinery at two Repsol industrial complexes

Técnicas Reunidas has been awarded the detailed engineering, procurement management, and supply of equipment and materials for the electrification of large machines at Repsol’s industrial complexes in Sines (Portugal) and Tarragona (Spain).

At the Sines complex, the works will mainly consist of replacing with electric motors the turbines of the compressors of the chemical plant’s ethylene and propylene production process. Técnicas Reunidas will also install a new electrical substation and make the necessary connections. 

At the Tarragona industrial complex, Técnicas Reunidas will electrify four compressors of the ethylene cracker. 

These two projects, which will require 150,000 hours of engineering work by highly qualified Técnicas Reunidas professionals, will improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial complexes by 260,000 tonnes per year (95 kta in Sines and 165 kta in Tarragona), aligned with Repsol’s strategy to become a net zero emissions company by 2050. 

Repsol has once again entrusted Técnicas Reunidas with the execution of a strategic and highly complex project. Given the need to make the development of the projects compatible with the general shutdowns scheduled for the operation of the two plants, the work will be carried out in both cases under the “fast-track” modality, to reduce design and execution times. This factor will require a perfect coordination between the teams of the complexes and the engineering organisation of Técnicas Reunidas in Madrid to ensure that design and procurement are ready to carry out the complex works during the outage.

Técnicas Reunidas has been working with Repsol since the beginning of its activity and has participated in many of its development and expansion projects. The award of these two projects represents a new milestone in the relationship between the two companies, with a strong focus on decarbonisation and energy transition.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

Technip Energies Awarded a Major LNG contract for the North Field South Project by QatarEnergy

Technip Energies has announced that a joint venture (T.ENCCC JV), led by Technip Energies (T.EN) in partnership with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), has won a major Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning (EPCC) contract by QatarEnergy for the onshore facilities of the North Field South Project (NFS).

This award will cover the delivery of 2 mega trains, each with a capacity of 8 million tons per annum (Mtpa) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). It will include a large CO2 carbon capture and sequestration facility of 1.5 Mtpa, leading to a 25% plus reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to similar LNG facilities.

The expansion project will produce approximately 16 Mtpa of additional LNG, increasing Qatar’s total production from 110 to 126 Mtpa.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, commented: “We are extremely honored to have been awarded by QatarEnergy this mega LNG project, along with our long-standing partner CCC, a leading construction company for LNG trains. This award is a testament to the trust, extent, and strength of our relationship with QatarEnergy. This new project also reflects our leadership in the LNG market as well as our proven ability to integrate technologies towards low carbon LNG, critical in solving the trilemma for affordable, available, and sustainable energy.”

Source: Technip Energies

Mitsubishi Power awarded a long-term contract for Sabiya Power Station in Kuwait

Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced that it had been awarded a long-term contract by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy to optimize the performance of the Sabiya power and water distillation station and boost its efficiency, in line with Kuwait Vision 2035 to meet the country’s growing power needs and goals for a decarbonized energy future.

Under the new contract, Mitsubishi Power will provide major plant upgrade services and cutting-edge technologies for the Sabiya Power and Water Distillation Station, the largest power and water provider in the country. These will extend the lifetime of the power and water station to up to 20 years to ensure efficient, safe and reliable power generation in Kuwait.

Mitsubishi Power will be responsible for the upgrade of eight (8) units of Steam Turbines, Generators (gas and oil fired), and Control Systems units, while implementing innovative technology at the Sabiya power station, such as Digital Electronic Hydraulic (DEH), new Turbine Protection System (TPS) and new Turbine Supervisory Instrument (TSI).

“We are delighted to award this strategic project to Mitsubishi Power, our long-term partner, to ensure the modernization of Sabiya with new and improved state-of-the-art power solutions that deliver high efficiency, high performance, and reliable power to the people of Kuwait. With the company’s global expertise, proven engineering standards, and long-term track record in power solutions across the Middle East, we are confident that Mitsubishi Power will continue to accompany our journey of progress towards a sustainable energy future for the country,” said Mr. Haitham Al-Ali, Assistant Undersecretary for Electric Power Stations and Water Distillation Sector, Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy (MEWRE).

Mitsubishi Power is a key power supplier for Kuwait, with a long and successful heritage in the country that extends over 50 years.

“This new contract is the latest in our proud 50-year journey of supporting the state and people of Kuwait to meet their power needs with Mitsubishi Power’s industry-leading, reliable technology and local capabilities. As Kuwait embarks on its next phase of ambitious growth in line with Vision 2035, we are committed to continue supporting the Ministry in expanding its power infrastructure and ushering its transition towards a low carbon society,” said Khalid Salem, President of Middle East & Africa at Mitsubishi Power.

“We are honoured to provide our advanced and innovative solutions and services to the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy for the landmark Sabiya station, which has played a vital role in the continued economic growth of the country.” added Salem.

Mitsubishi Power technology solutions provide a large portion of Kuwait’s power supply, and power key installations in the Oil & Gas industry including Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries, while also supplying vital equipment for Kuwait’s desalination stations. 

Source: Mitsubishi Power

Stamicarbon has been awarded new licensing and basic engineering design contracts for a green ammonia plant in the United States

MAIRE S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary NextChem Holding, through Stamicarbon, part of the Sustainable Technology Solutions business unit, has been awarded licensing and basic engineering design contracts for a 450 metric tons per day green ammonia plant by a prominent North American fertilizer producer.

The plant, to be built in the United States, will produce green ammonia to be used as feedstock for nitrogen-based fertilizers and will be based on the state-of-the-art Stami Green Ammoniatechnology. It is expected to start operations in 2026.

Stami Green Ammonia, the main building block for green fertilizers, enables environmentally friendly ammonia production from nature’s elements by using water electrolysis to make hydrogen and obtaining nitrogen from the air instead of the steam reforming of fossil fuels. The combination of proprietary technology and engineering requirements to build small-scale green ammonia plants offered by Stamicarbon, NextChem Holding’s nitrogen technology licensor, represents a sustainable and highly competitive alternative to the conventional processes. This proven technology can also be applied in existing plants, as part of a hybrid technology solution to make existing fertilizer production more sustainable.

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of MAIRE, commented: “The global demand for ammonia will continue to grow, requiring efficient and environmentally friendly production methods to effectively reduce the carbon footprint. Stami Green Ammonia technology, using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, represents an important step forward in achieving the fertilizer industry’s goals of sustainable, carbon-free solutions. This important milestone further confirms MAIRE’s role as a leading technology integrator and enabler of the energy transition globally.”

Source: Maire Tecnimont

Subsea7 awarded major EPCI contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract for a two-phase subsea development. The first phase has been recorded in the backlog of the Subsea and Conventional business unit in the second quarter of 2023. The second phase, expected in 2024, remains subject to sanction by the client. 

The initial scope of work to be executed by Subsea7 comprises the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of approximately 37 kilometres of infield flowlines, 47 kilometres of control umbilicals and associated subsea equipment in water depths of 2,000 metres.  The contract also includes additional FEED studies and options to further extend the scope of work.

Project management and engineering will be led by Subsea7’s local office and offshore activities relating to the initial scope are expected between Q2 2025 and Q3 2025.

Source: Subsea 7 

Technip Energies has been awarded a FEED contract for Carbon Capture Project in Denmark

Technip Energies has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by VF Carbon Capture A/S for a CO2 capture plant to be connected to I/S Vestforbrænding’s existing waste-to-energy facility in Glostrup, Denmark. 

The agreement between the two companies provides for a mechanism to allow a transition of the contract to an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract. This plant will capture at least 450,000 tons of CO2 per year that will then be permanently sequestrated. Technip Energies will leverage its long-standing alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies by integrating the CANSOLV® CO₂ Capture System into optimized plant design to guarantee the best achievable energy efficiency and performance.

Marco Villa, COO of Technip Energies, commented: “We are very pleased to be trusted to design and deliver this large carbon capture project for the Waste to Energy Vestforbrænding’s facility. We are fully committed to supporting our Client’s Net Zero ambition and making this project an industrial success. This award confirms the robustness of our carbon capture solutions in partnership with Shell Catalysts & Technologies and our proven project execution track record. We are very excited to continue to grow our footprint in the CCS space and to provide a leading contribution to the decarbonization of the Waste to Energy industry in Denmark”.

Steen Neuchs Vedel, CEO of Vestforbrændings, commented: “This contract on the front-end engineering design marks an important milestone in Vestforbrænding’s journey towards a carbon-neutral future. If Vestforbrænding is announced as the winner of the Danish Energy Agency tender, we can build the carbon capture facility with Technip Energies and ensure it is fully operational by 2026. We look forward to working together with Technip Energies to make this project a success and contribute to Denmark’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions.”

Source: Technip Energies

Worley Awarded Design and Engineering Contract for the World’s Largest Offshore CCS Project in Malaysia

Worley is providing detailed engineering design services for the Kasawari carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Malaysia.

The Kasawari development, set to be one of the world’s largest offshore CCS projects, aims to capture over 3 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per annum.

Under the contract, awarded by Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering, we’re providing design and engineering services for the platform, jacket, bridge and subsea pipeline.

We previously provided screening and concept selection and successfully completed the project’s front-end engineering and design phase for the project, where our custom design solution reduced work hours on the project by 20 percent.

Work for the project will be carried out by our Ranhill Worley teams in Malaysia, with close support from wider Worley, Advisian, and Intecsea teams in Australia and Singapore.

Designs will be enhanced using digitally driven systems and tools to enhance commercial viability to our customers and drive down costs.

The first of its kind for Malaysia

The new CCS platform, the first of its kind in Malaysia, will be located next to the Kasawari Central Processing Facility and linked via a bridge. The CO2 will be compressed and transported by a 138 km pipeline to be injected into a depleted offshore gas reservoir at an existing wellhead platform.

“Driven by innovative solutions and harnessing digital technology, this project highlights the role traditional energy infrastructure can play in the energy transition as the industry looks to utilize CCS as a pathway to decarbonization,” says Nicky Moir, Chief Operating Officer at Rahnill Worley.

“The Kasawari project aims to play an important role in supporting our customers’ net emissions reduction targets while marking an important milestone for Malaysia’s sustainability journey. Furthering our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world.”

Source: Worley

TechnipFMC Awarded Large Subsea Contract for ExxonMobil Guyana’s Uaru Project

TechnipFMC has been awarded a large contract by ExxonMobil Corporation affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, to supply the subsea production system for the Uaru project.

TechnipFMC will provide project management, engineering, and manufacturing to deliver the overall subsea production system. The award covers 44 subsea trees and associated tooling, as well as 12 manifolds and associated controls and tie-in equipment.

Jonathan Landes, President, of Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “We are very proud to continue our relationship with ExxonMobil Guyana through this award, which is our fifth within the Stabroek block. This is ExxonMobil Guyana’s first project utilizing our Subsea 2.0™ system, which leverages our configure-to-order model to deliver on an accelerated schedule.”

TechnipFMC currently employs more than 100 Guyanese and expects to continue to hire and train additional local staff in support of this award.

Source: TechnipFMC 

Subsea7 awarded the contract for Raven Infills Project

Subsea7 announced the award of a substantial contract to Subsea Integration Alliance by bp and its JV partner Wintershall Dea for the Raven Infills Project, offshore Egypt.

The contract scope is for a two-well tie-back in the West Nile Delta block and includes the engineering, procurement, transport, and installation of approximately six kilometers of flexible pipes, umbilical, and associated subsea structures in water depths of around 800 meters.

Project management and engineering have commenced and will be managed from Subsea7 offices in France, the UK and Portugal.

Olivier Blaringhem, Subsea Integration Alliance Chief Executive Officer said: “This award further solidifies our ongoing partnership with bp in Egypt. Through our early collaboration on this project, bp and Subsea Integration Alliance, have worked together to develop an optimised solution for the Raven field, showcasing our effective teamwork.”

Franck Louvety, Africa, Middle East & Caspian Vice President, Subsea7 said: “We are excited to strengthen our presence in Egypt and continue to build on our longstanding and successful relationship with bp. We look forward to working with bp to deliver the project successfully and safely while maximising the client’s production objectives.”

Source: Subsea7

Petrofac secures new EPC contract for Lithuanian refinery upgrade

Petrofac has secured an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) lump sum contract from ORLEN Lietuva, as it continues to support a comprehensive modernisation, environmental upgrade, and expansion Programme at the Mažeikiai Refinery in North-West Lithuania.

The project has a value less than 200 million euros. Petrofac’s scope of work encompasses the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of new facilities, as ORLEN Lietuva invests to expand the existing refinery complex. Petrofac’s scope will further enhance the plant’s capability to meet requirements for cleaner fuels by improving its operational and carbon efficiency.

In October 2021 Petrofac was awarded a lump sum engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and commissioning services contract from ORLEN Lietuva. This included the addition of a new Residue Hydrocracking Unit (RHCU) for the facility, which is the only crude oil refinery in the Baltic States. The new Offsite Battery Limit (OSBL) EPC for RHCU includes the installation of a new Amine regeneration unit and stabilisation tower, interconnecting pipework and tie-ins to the existing refinery units, with associated systems and modifications.

“This Project represents a major milestone in the ongoing largest-ever investment by Polish capital in Lithuania. The investment in the construction of a new heavy residue conversion unit puts a solid pillar for further operation of a refinery in Mažeikiai as well as development and energy security of the entire region,” said Michal Rudnicki, General Director of Public Company ORLEN Lietuva.

Elie Lahoud, Petrofac’s Chief Operating Officer – Engineering & Construction, said “with over 40 years of EPC experience, Petrofac is well placed to support strategic customers such as ORLEN Lietuva, as they seek to lead a sustainable energy transition in Central Europe. We look forward to building on our existing relationship, with the safe delivery of the next phase of the refinery upgrade”

Source: Petrofac 

Cepsa awards Técnicas Reunidas the EPCM contract for its second-generation biofuels plant in Huelva

Cepsa has awarded Técnicas Reunidas the contract for the detailed engineering of the largest second-generation (2G) biofuels plant in southern Europe, which Cepsa will start up together with Bio-Oils, with an investment of up to 1 billion euros, at the La Rábida Energy Park in Huelva.

The new plant, which will use agricultural waste and used cooking oils as feedstock, will have two pretreatment units and a flexible production capacity of 500,000 tons of renewable diesel and SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) for use in air, sea, and land transport.

Técnicas Reunidas will develop the facility’s engineering, procurement management, and construction management support. Specifically, the scope of the work awarded to Técnicas Reunidas includes the renewable fuels unit (RFU), the amine regeneration unit (ARU), the acid water unit (SWS), and the service generation units, the interconnections, the storage tank farm, and the ship and tanker loading and unloading facilities. 

Técnicas Reunidas will assign a team of more than 180 expert professionals and will dedicate some 500,000 hours of highly qualified personnel to carry out all phases of the engineering and procurement services for equipment and materials for the project, with support for construction management at Cepsa’s request. 

Emilia Arias, Technology Director of Técnicas Reunidas, emphasized that “with this contract, Técnicas Reunidas strengthens its position in the field of the circular economy. These services will contribute to the definition of this emblematic plant, with high technological content. This project is part of the strategy implemented by Técnicas Reunidas to increase the number of service contracts.”

José Manuel Martínez, Cepsa’s Technology Director, said: “We have entrusted this project to Técnicas Reunidas, experts in the engineering of large industrial projects such as the one we will undertake in Huelva, which will be the largest 2G biofuel plant in southern Europe. At this facility, which will feature the latest available technology, we will flexibly produce 500,000 tons of renewable diesel and SAF to decarbonize aviation, maritime, and land transport.”

The sustainable fuels developed in this new plant will reduce 1.5 million tons of COper year, equivalent to 30% of emissions in the province of Huelva. The use of biofuels can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to traditional fuels, making them a key element in enabling a fair energy transition and promoting the decarbonization of transportation, especially in sectors where electrification is complex, such as heavy road, air, and maritime transportation.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

L&T Construction Wins EPC Orders for its Power Transmission & Distribution Business

The Power Transmission & Distribution (PT&D) Business of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Construction has recently secured EPC orders in India and overseas.

Under the umbrella of the Reforms-based Results-linked Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS), distribution utilities in the country have taken up various modernization measures to improve operational efficiency and financial sustainability. To significantly reduce the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses at pan-India level is an important objective of the scheme towards which, the discoms undertake several distribution infrastructure improvements such as segregating feeders, reconductoring, cabling, augmenting line networks and elements, geo-tagging of assets, etc.

The Business has secured orders to develop distribution infrastructure in two discom circles of western Rajasthan.

The Business has also bagged a power supply system order for the second phase of Chennai Metro. The scope includes Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Receiving Substations (RSS), Auxiliary Substations (ASS) and SCADA system for the northern sections of Corridors 3 & 5. The 110kV Gas Insulated Receiving Substations get incoming supply from the Grid and feed power supply to the traction and station requirements. 33kV Auxiliary Substations interconnected through 33kV cable system feed the auxiliary loads of metro stations such as lighting, ventilation, lifts etc. Related Control & Protection systems are also included in the scope.

Further, In the overseas market, the PT&D Business has won an order to supply, construct, test, and commission a 132kV substation in the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Técnicas Reunidas and FCC in consortium with Entrade GMBH wins the EPC contract to develop a large regasification terminal in Germany

Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH is developing an import terminal that will contribute to secure Germany’s supply of LNG and green gases while preparing for the market ramp-up of hydrogen. The German company has awarded the design and development of an emission free regasification terminal to a consortium led by Técnicas Reunidas and made up of the Spanish company FCC and Entrade GMBH. 

This is an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract for the execution of a new storage and regasification terminal for liquified gases in the river port of Stade, which is part of the metropolitan region of Hamburg (Germany). 

The land on which the facility will be built belongs to the large chemical company Dow Chemicals, which is participating in the project as one of the development partners. The terminal will utilize Dow’s industrial waste heat and therefore will be able to regasify the gases without additional CO2 emissions.

The new terminal will have a capacity of 13.3 Bm3 nominal per year and will involve a total investment of close to 1,000 million euros, of which approximately 500 million euros will correspond to the scope of Técnicas Reunidas and the other 500 million euros to FCC and Entrade GMBH.

The project has been divided into two phases, a first stage of preliminary works and engineering with a duration of 5 months; and a second stage, that constitutes the main contract, which is subject to HEH Final Investment Decision scheduled for summer 2023.

Técnicas Reunidas will design the regasification terminal and the two storage tanks, each with a capacity of 240,000 cubic meters, and will undertake all the equipment and materials supply work for the project. The project is part of Técnicas Reunidas’ long experience and know-how in the design and development of this type of plants, aimed at optimizing performance and minimizing environmental impact.

FCC has extensive experience in the construction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanks and will build the tanks. In addition, it will carry out all site preparation and civil works activities for the plant. The company has designed, built and commissioned several LNG storage plants in Spain, Finland and Chile. Specifically, in Spain, it has executed 8 LNG facilities with a capacity to supply 1.53 million homes thanks to the storage of 1.1 Mm3 LNG.

Entrade GMBH, a subsidiary of ENKA, one of the strongest engineering and construction companies in the world and with work in progress near Stade, will be in charge of the electromechanical assembly activities.

The complete execution of the plant is estimated to take place around 2027 

This terminal is an important element of Germany’s current energy policy, as one of its main objectives is to diversify its natural gas supply with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and green gases while preparing for the market ramp-up of hydrogen.

Hanseatic Energy Hub has stressed that “the hub is a future-flexible modular system for the green energy transition that utilizes the diverse opportunities of the Stade energy region. The terminal, port, industrial park and connecting infrastructure are designed so that a conversion can take place in a modular way”.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

Valmec Kent JV appointed as the FEED Contractor for the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub Project

Valmec Kent JV (VKJV) have been contracted by Origin Energy to deliver FEED for the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub (HVHH) Project. The Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub project is to develop an integrated group of production and distribution assets required to establish a hydrogen hub.

VKJV has the right expertise and experience to deliver the HVHH project through Kent’s technical engineering competency combined with Valmec’s practical construction experience.

Joe McCormick, EVP of Operations APAC from Kent, said: “We are very excited to be awarded this significantly important project that is aligned with our purpose to bring our world the energy it needs in the most responsible way ever imagined. We look forward to working closely with Origin to successfully deliver the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub project.”

Steve Dropulich, Managing Director of Valmec, said: “This project is a great opportunity for Valmec and Kent to bring together their collective strengths including significant technical and local expertise to confidently deliver the FEED for this project. We look forward to working collaboratively to make this project a reality and help Origin Energy in helping power a cleaner future for Australia.

Kent, a leading engineering company in conventional and renewable energy including Hydrogen (H2) technologies, along with Valmec, a leading multi-discipline services group providing full asset lifecycle solutions, have been appointed as the FEED contractors for the Origin Energy led Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub project in Newcastle, Australia.

The Valmec Kent JV provides a compelling delivery solution for Origin Energy’s needs. Both organisations have the right mix of technical engineering competency combined with practical construction experience. Valmec and Kent’s combined organisations’ experience covers all phases of project delivery, concept selection through EPC execution, in hydrogen and gas facilities, pipelines, terminals, and water treatment – all relevant to the scope of the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub.

It is intended that the project will be executed across 2 stages: Stage 1 being a FEED and Stage 2 being project execution through EPC.

Subject to the Client’s Final Investment Decision (FID) following FEED, Stage 2 is scheduled to commence in late 2023 with overall project completion planned for late 2025.

Source: Kent

Qatarenergy Selects Sinopec As North Field East (NFE) Expansion Partner

QatarEnergy has announced the signing of a definitive partnership agreement with China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) for the North Field East (NFE) expansion project, the largest project in the history of the LNG industry. The agreement was signed by His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy, and Dr. MA Yong-sheng, the Chairman of Sinopec in a special signing ceremony held today at QatarEnergy’s headquarters and attended by senior executives from both companies.

The agreement marks the entry of Sinopec as a shareholder in one of the NFE joint venture companies that own the NFE project, one of the most critical projects in the global LNG industry. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, QatarEnergy will transfer to Sinopec a 5% interest in the equivalent of one NFE train with a capacity of 8 million tons per annum (MTPA). This agreement will not affect the participating interests of any of the other shareholders.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, His Excellency Al-Kaabi said: “The People’s Republic of China is a major driver of the global energy markets as well as being one of the most important gas markets in the world and is a key market for Qatari energy products. Today’s event underscores QatarEnergy’s commitment to deepening its relationships with key LNG consumers while prioritizing long-term strategic partnerships and alignment with world-class partners from China, represented by Sinopec here today.” Noting the November 2022 agreement to supply Sinopec with 4 MTPA of LNG from the NFE project, His Excellency Minister Al-Kaabi said: “That agreement was not only the first NFE LNG supply agreement to be announced, but also the longest LNG supply agreement in the history of the industry.

Sinopec will join Qatar’s LNG family becoming the first Asian shareholder in the NFE project.”Minister Al-Kaabi concluded his remarks by saying: “We are pleased to enter into this milestone agreement with Sinopec, marking yet another landmark in the excellent bilateral relations between the People’s Republic of China and the State of Qatar. I would like to thank the working teams in QatarEnergy and Sinopec for their dedicated work to reach this important agreement. We are always indebted to the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and to his continued guidance and support of the energy sector.”On his part, Dr. Ma Yongsheng, the Chairman of Sinopec, congratulated both parties on signing the NFE project partnership agreement and said: “The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Qatar’s Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during the first China-Arab Summit and China-GCC Summit in 2022, comprehensively outlined the development blueprint of the strategic partnership between the two countries and guided the China-Qatar energy cooperation.

The signing of this agreement today is a concrete move to carry forward what has been agreed between the two heads of state and deepen the partnership between Sinopec and QatarEnergy. It is another milestone after the signing of the long-term LNG SPA from the NFE project in November 2022, marking the integrated cooperation achieved by both companies on the NFE project.”Dr. Ma further added that “China-Qatar energy cooperation features a natural complementarity. QatarEnergy is a leading LNG producer in the world and one of the most important partners of Sinopec.

The cooperation with QatarEnergy will help Sinopec further optimize China’s energy consumption structure and enhance the security, stability, and reliability of clean energy supply. I hope that the two companies will continue to explore new LNG cooperation opportunities based on the solid foundation we have laid together and will further expand cooperation areas to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.”This agreement is the first of its kind after last year’s series of partnership announcements in the $28.75 billion NFE project, which will raise Qatar’s LNG export capacity from the current 77 MTPA to 110 MTPA.

Source: QatarEnergy

L&T Wins L-EPC Order for its Hydrocarbon Business

The Hydrocarbon Business (L&T Energy Hydrocarbon – LTEH) of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has recently secured an order under its AdVENT (Advanced Value Engineering and Technology) business vertical.

The order is for license plus engineering, procurement and construction (L – EPC) of a Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) plant along with Weak Nitric Acid (WNA) plant at Gadepan, Kota, Rajasthan from Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL), a leading fertilizer company in India.

The TAN and WNA plants, having capacities of approximately 240,000 Metric Tons (MT) p.a. and 2,10,000 MT p.a. respectively, will be built under a technology license from CASALE S.A., a privately owned Swiss Company headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland.

Organised under Offshore, Onshore, Construction Services, Modular Fabrication and AdVENT & Asset Management verticals, LTEH offers integrated design-to-build solutions across the hydrocarbon sector to domestic and international customers. With over three decades of rich experience, the Business has been setting global benchmarks in all aspects of project management, corporate governance, quality, HSE and operational excellence.

Source: Larsen and Toubro

Technip Energies Awarded a Significant Contract for the Electric-Driven Xi’An LNG Project in China

Technip Energies has been awarded a significant contract by Shaanxi LNG Reserves & Logistics Co. Ltd. for the 3 million normal cubic meters per day Xi’An LNG Emergency Reserve & Peak Regulation Project in China.

The contract covers the Process Design Package (PDP), Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED), and supply of key equipment of a single 0.8 MTPA LNG train. It also covers technical services for construction, commissioning, start-up and performance testing.

The plant will utilize AP-SMR™ liquefaction technology which is well suited for mid-scale LNG and will be all-electric motor-driven with the aim of reducing emissions. It will be the largest liquefaction unit in the world using a single electric motor-driven mixed refrigerant compressor, hence being a reference in terms of low-carbon LNG production.

Loic Chapuis, SVP Gas & Low-carbon Energies of Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased to have been one more time entrusted by Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group and Shaanxi Gas Group following the successful Yangling LNG project awarded in 2012. This award strengthens our positioning in the mid-scale LNG market in China. By being all-electric motor-driven, this LNG plant will be a reference for low-carbon LNGin the industry and we are committed to bringing our leadership in LNG and best-in-class execution to support our client in this important project.”

Source: Technip Energies

KBR Awarded Front End Engineering Design Contract for Equinor Bay du Nord FPSO Project

KBR announced that its Canadian entity, KBR Industrial Canada Co., has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Equinor Canada for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of the topside facilities of the new Bay Du Nord floating production, storage, and offloading facility (FPSO) to be located offshore Newfoundland, Canada.

The agreement also includes an option for continuation of detailed design and procurement management services through to final completion of the FPSO. The FEED scope comes on the back of the pre-FEED engineering carried out by KBR in 2022 and will further mature the engineering and execution planning, working towards a final investment decision with first production expected to be in the late 2020s.

During the FEED engineering, KBR will continue to help Equinor develop one of the lowest carbon emitting FPSO’s in the world, using an onboard combined cycle power system and the latest technology to minimize the number of crew onboard and maximize digital solutions. All these elements will produce energy safely and securely while minimizing carbon emissions.

KBR will execute the work scope jointly with Canadian sub-contractor Hatch Ltd., an employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering, project management, and professional services firm with a local office in St. John’s, Canada, and will provide Equinor with an integrated team across Canada and London.

The Bay du Nord FPSO is a deep-water facility utilizing industry leading technology and digital solutions to ensure safe and reliable production. This award builds upon KBR’s unrivalled knowledge and expertise in this arena.

“We are excited to be a part of this significant project with Equinor,” said Jay Ibrahim, president of KBR’s Sustainable Technology Solutions business. “This win is indicative of KBR’s strategic commitment to work with clients not only to secure energy supply for the world but to do it in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. KBR adds maximum value to clients such as Equinor, by drawing on our extensive global engineering expertise and applying the latest technology and processes to deliver extraordinary outcomes.”

Source: KBR

Saipem has been awarded new offshore EPCI contracts and competitive FEED contracts worth 650 million USD

Saipem has been awarded three new offshore contracts and two competitive FEED contracts totalling approximately 650 million USD.

The first contract has been assigned by Azule Energy for the Agogo Full Field Development project, a deepwater greenfield development, approximately 180 kilometres offshore Angola, about 20 kilometres west of the N’Goma FPSO (West Hub), which has been in operation since November 2014. The contract encompasses the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of rigid Pipe-In-Pipe flowlines with associated subsea structures. Saipem will mobilize its state-of-art offshore installation vessel FDS2.

The second contract has been awarded by EnQuest for the decommissioning of existing infrastructures in the Heather oil field, located in the UK sector of the North Sea, around 460 kilometres northeast of Aberdeen. Saipem’s activities entail the engineering, preparation, removal and disposal of the upper jacket of the Heather platform, utilising the semisubmersible crane vessel Saipem 7000.

The third contract has been awarded under the Aramco LTA program in Saudi Arabia. Saipem will execute the offshore EPCI of one platform topside and the associated subsea flexible, umbilical and cable system.

Furthermore, Saipem has been awarded two Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Competition contracts for gas development projects. The first one, assigned by Shell Trinidad & Tobago Ltd., is related to the development of the Manatee natural gas field. The second contract has been assigned to Saipem, in partnership with PT Tripatra Engineers and Constructors and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., by PAPUA LNG Development Pte. Ltd. It concerns the development of the upstream facilities to feed the natural gas PAPUA LNG project in Papua New Guinea.

These important contracts further consolidate the positioning of Saipem both geographically and in key segments for the offshore business, in particular in decommissioning where the company boasts an important track record. In addition, these awards leverage on Saipem’s combination of its unique assets and expertise in competitive FEEDs that allow for the presentation of effective offers and safe and innovative solutions.

Source: Saipem

Yara and Enbridge plan to develop and construct a $2.9 billion blue ammonia plant in Texas

Yara Clean Ammonia, Yara International ASA company, and Enbridge Inc are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent to jointly develop and construct a world-scale low-carbon blue ammonia production facility as equal partners. The proposed facility, which includes autothermal reforming with carbon capture, will be located at the Enbridge Ingleside Energy Center (EIEC) near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Once operational, the production facility will be capable of supplying low-carbon ammonia to meet growing global demand, with an expected capacity of 1.2–1.4 million tons per annum. Approximately 95 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated from the production process is anticipated to be captured and transported to nearby permanent geologic storage. If confirmed through the Front-end Engineering Design (FEED) phase and approved, total project investment is expected in the range of US$2.6–US$2.9 billion, with production start-up in 2027/2028.

Enbridge and Yara will utilize their complementary strengths to develop and execute the project. Yara’s industry-leading experience in ammonia development, production, operations and distribution, combined with Enbridge’s large-scale infrastructure development expertise and world-class EIEC deep water docks and export platform, will be critical to advancing the project from development through to commercial operation. In addition, Yara, the world’s largest ammonia distributor, is expected to contract full offtake from the facility, which further enhances the strategic value and commercial viability of the project.

Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline is expected to provide the transportation service for feed gas that will be used for the production process, and Enbridge, along with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, is advancing a nearby CO2 sequestration hub which is a potential destination for the project’s captured CO2.

The construction of any facilities will be subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

“We are excited to partner with Yara and collaborate on this clean energy project, especially given their expertise in global ammonia projects, operations and distribution,” said Colin Gruending, Enbridge Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines. “EIEC is well positioned to become the most sustainable export terminal in North America through low-carbon fuel production, carbon capture and solar self-power.”

“Yara is pleased to be joining Enbridge in developing this significant clean ammonia project. As presented at our Capital Markets Day, we are working systematically to develop project opportunities in the U.S. and this project will significantly contribute to our strategy of decarbonizing agriculture as well as serving new clean ammonia segments such as shipping fuel, power production and ammonia as a hydrogen carrier,” said Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia.

Source: Yara

GE, McDermott, and Sembcorp Marine have been awarded Tennet’s offshore wind converter stations project worth 10 Bln Euros

GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business announced that it has been awarded three High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) contracts for a total of approximately 6 billion euros as part of a specially formed consortium with Sembcorp Marine for TenneT’s innovative 2GW Program in the Netherlands. The contracts have been awarded as part of a five-year Framework Cooperation Agreement with the possibility to extend for another three years.

Furthermore, TenneT and a consortium formed by GE and McDermott have entered into an agreement based on which TenneT plans to award two further HVDC contracts in Germany for a total of approximately 4 billion euros to this consortium in April 2023.

The five contracts for the GE consortia are among 11 two-gigawatt (GW) contracts awarded to HVDC suppliers by the Dutch-German Transmission Systems Operator (TSO) as part of its goal to connect 40 GW of offshore wind farms to the high voltage grids in the Netherlands and Germany. TenneT’s large-scale project resulted from the Esbjerg Declaration in May 2022 at the North Sea Energy Summit, where Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium agreed to jointly install at least 65 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 – up from 20 GW today – to accelerate Europe’s energy security following recent geopolitical developments. TenneT plans to install 20 GW each in the Dutch and German North Sea.

The GE consortia projects cover the offshore converter platforms and the onshore converter stations for the two-way conversion between alternating and direct current. The converter stations are based on bipolar Voltage-Sourced Converter (VSC) technology – the most advanced HVDC technology – and will have double the capacity compared to previous monopole grid connection systems, resulting in fewer cables and platforms.

Tim Meyerjürgens, TenneT COO, said: “We are delighted to be working with GE and their consortium partners as part of our task to connect 40 GW offshore wind in the North Sea, one of the most important infrastructure projects of the century. TenneT has the technical know-how, scale, and geographical position to connect wind energy from the North Sea, while GE and its consortium partners have the HVDC expertise. Together, with the GE consortia and other HVDC partners we will accelerate the development of the offshore grid, thereby strengthening Europe’s energy security and putting Europe on track to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.”

Philippe Piron, CEO of GE Grid Solutions, said: “Together with our consortium partners Sembcorp Marine and McDermott, we are honored and pleased to play a key role in this critical infrastructure project for European energy security and decarbonization. These awards confirm that GE’s Voltage-Sourced Converter HVDC technology is now recognized as one of the most advanced in the world.”

Johan Bindele, Senior Executive Director of the Grid Solutions Grid Systems Integration Business Line, added: “Our new and exciting partnership with TenneT will allow GE Grid Solutions to demonstrate its ability to deliver on this critical HVDC infrastructure and confirms our ambition to be a leading systems provider in the fast-growing HVDC market.”

GE consortium projects

The three Dutch GE/Sembcorp Marine consortium projects are: IJmuiden Ver Beta, IJmuiden Ver Gamma and Nederwiek 2. The IJmuiden Ver projects will be located about 62-km off the coast of the Netherlands, while the Nederwiek project will be located 95-km off the coast. The HVDC transmission will connect in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam. The contracts for the two IJmuiden projects come into effect immediately. The contract for Nederwiek 2 will come into effect in 2024. The two German GE/McDermott consortium 2 GW projects are: BalWin4 and LanWin1. They will be located about 160-km off the coast of Germany and will connect in Unterweser. Both contracts are expected to come into effect in April 2023.

The GE consortia will start preparatory work for the realization of all five projects with immediate effect to ensure that all projects can be delivered between 2029 and 2031.

As leader of these consortia, GE Grid Solutions will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCI) of the 2 GW bipolar HVDC converter stations for all the projects. The bipoles will be capable of transmitting 2 GW at 525 kV. GE’s VSC technology utilizes its second-generation Voltage-Sourced Converter valve and its state-of-the-art eLumina™ control system, the industry’s first to use a digital measurement system fully based on International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61850, an important international standard defining communication protocols for intelligent electronic devices at electrical substations.

GE Grid Solutions’ Stafford facility in the West Midlands, UK, will manufacture all the primary HVDC sub-systems and equipment, while its facility in Berlin, Germany, will lead overall project management. GE expects the contracts to result in the creation of more than 200 new positions in the UK, France, and Germany, including in its supply chain.

GE’s consortium partner Sembcorp Marine, a Singapore-based global marine and offshore engineering group, will design, build, install and commission the offshore platforms, which will host the GE converter systems and equipment for the three Dutch projects. Located within each wind farm, the platforms will comprise a 25,500-tonne topside, and a 9,500-tonne jacket foundation structure piled into the seabed.

Chris Ong, CEO of Sembcorp Marine, said: “We are delighted together with our partner GE, to be selected by TenneT for three of their eleven two-gigawatt offshore converter platforms in the Netherlands. These are our largest and most advanced state-of-the-art offshore renewable energy projects to date. We thank GE and TenneT for their trust and confidence in our offshore construction capabilities. We look forward to contributing to TenneT’s vision and decarbonization objectives.”

McDermott of the US, a global provider of engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, will design, fabricate, install, and commission the offshore converter substation platforms for the two German 2 GW HVDC grid connection systems. Each offshore converter substation platform will comprise a topside, weighing approximately 26,000 tonnes, which will be supported by a jacket substructure, weighing approximately 11,000 tonnes.

“Our integrated EPCIC delivery model, combined with nearly a century of executing some of the most challenging offshore projects in the world, make us ideally suited to support TenneT on this important offshore grid connection systems project,” said Vaseem Khan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for Onshore.

TenneT’s 2GW Program – the new global offshore standard

With its 2GW offshore program, TenneT has developed the global offshore standard in cooperation with leading global suppliers. This new standard combines TenneT’s extensive expertise in offshore grid connections with a unique transnational approach to accelerate Europe’s energy transition. Due to its new innovative design, which results in a higher transmission capacity, the 2GW Program will reduce the impact on the environment, while saving on costs and resources.

Source: GE Renewable Energy

McDermott Awarded FEED Contract from Shell

McDermott has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited for the Manatee gas development project as part of a competitive FEED process. Under the contract scope, McDermott will provide comprehensive FEED services for a wellhead platform, export pipeline system, shore approach, midstream pipeline and onshore control room.

This award follows the successful completion of an early contract engagement with Shell and leverages McDermott’s key engineering, procurement, construction and installation capabilities.

“The award of this next phase of the Manatee project builds on the portfolio of projects that McDermott‘s Subsea and Floating Facilities business line is executing for Shell,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “McDermott’s comprehensive engineering design expertise and unique fabrication capabilities equip us to perform the required FEED work in-house, reduce costs, ensure quality and maximize time efficiencies.”

The Manatee field is located offshore Trinidad and Tobago in water depths of approximately 91 meters (299 feet). The field represents one of the country’s largest natural gas reserves discovered to date and will help bolster the country’s gas supply.

Engineering and execution planning efforts will be led by McDermott’s team in Houston with support from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Chennai, India and Altamira, Mexico.

Source: McDermott 

Aramco JV HAPCO to commence construction of major refinery and petrochemical complex in China

Aramco and joint venture partners NORINCO Group and Panjin Xincheng Industrial Group plan to start construction of a major integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in northeast China.

Huajin Aramco Petrochemical Company (HAPCO), a joint venture between Aramco (30%), NORINCO Group (51%) and Panjin Xincheng Industrial Group (19%), is developing the complex that will combine a 300,000 barrels per day refinery and a petrochemical plant with annual production capacity of 1.65 million metric tons of ethylene and 2 million metric tons of paraxylene.

Construction is due to start in the second quarter of 2023 after the project secured the required administrative approvals. It is expected to be fully operational by 2026.

Aramco will supply up to 210,000 bpd of crude oil feedstock to the complex, which is being built in the city of Panjin, in China’s Liaoning province.

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco Executive Vice President of Downstream, said: “This important project will support China’s growing demand across fuel and chemical products. It also represents a major milestone in our ongoing downstream expansion strategy in China and the wider region, which is an increasingly significant driver of global petrochemical demand. “

Zou Wenchao, NORINCO Group Deputy General Manager, said: “This large-scale refinery and petrochemical complex is a key project of NORINCO Group to implement and realize the joint development of the high-quality Belt and Road initiative, promote industrial restructuring, and enhance the oil and petrochemical sector to become stronger, better and larger. It will play an important role in deepening economic and trade cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia, and achieving common development and prosperity.”

Jia Fei, Panjin Xincheng Chairman of the Board, said: “The project is of great significance for Panjin to promote increasing chemicals and specialty products, strengthening integration of the refining and chemical industry. It is a symbolic project for Panjin as it seeks to accelerate the development of an important national petrochemical and fine chemical industry base.”

Source: Aramco 

Clean Planet Energy award Wood Advanced plastic recycling projects across the US and UK

Wood, the global consulting and engineering company, has been awarded a contract for FEED and EPCm services by Clean Planet Energy.

Wood will initially design the first suite of Clean Planet Energy’s ecoPlants, which will include three plastics recycling facilities across the US – in New Jersey, Alabama and South Carolina, with contracts also in advanced discussion for their UK facilities. Clean Planet Energy is investing in excess of $150 million as part of this first development batch of global ecoPlants.

These facilities, also known as Clean Planet ecoPlants, will apply cutting edge, recycling technology to turn hard-to-recycle plastic waste into circular products. Each ecoPlant will be designed to accept 20,000 tons of plastic a year and convert this waste into over 100,000 barrels of circular petrochemical feedstocks (e.g. Circular-Naphtha) and also into ultra-low sulphur and reduced-carbon fuels.

Justin Jackson, Senior Vice President of Process & Chemicals for the Americas at Wood, said: “We are excited to start this new contract with Clean Planet Energy, a new client for Wood, and work together to realize a significant step toward achieving a circular economy for key materials like plastics. Our people are partnering with our clients to help design the future, and this project is just another example of how we’re bringing sustainable solutions to life today.”

David Nazha, President of Clean Planet Energy, added, “Wood has the level of expertise and experience required to support CPE in this important project. We are confident that this project relationship will help us achieve our mission of enabling the sustainable use of plastics.”

Wood’s team of engineers in Houston, Texas, USA will be primarily responsible for the execution of this project, and as the program progresses, additional hires are anticipated.

Source: Wood

Technip Energies Commences Pre-FEED for Texas Green Fuels Export Complex

Technip Energies has been selected by Texas Green Fuels (TGF) to commence pre-FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) for the TGF Galveston Bay clean fuels export project. TGF’s export complex will produce industrial-scale, cost-effective, and sustainable fuels such as clean ammonia, hydrogen, and methanol.

Texas’ abundance of low-cost renewable energy, developed infrastructure, competitive skilled workforce, government incentives, and lower construction costs relative to other regions, TGF expects to become one of the world’s lowest-cost producers of clean fuels.

Technip Energies, a world-leading engineering and technology player for the energy transition, will perform pre-FEED which will enable TGF to confirm the technical and economic feasibility of the project. The partnership between Technip Energies and TGF will leverage Technip Energies’ global expertise to extend through EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) of the TGF complex.

Laure Mandrou, SVP Carbon-free solutions of Technip Energies, commented: “Technip Energies is committed to bringing Texas Green Fuels’ ambitious clean fuels export project to the execution phase as clean fuels made from renewable electricity is an important path to support the world’s energy transition.”

TGF’s mission is to support global net zero objectives that mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change by developing projects that convert the world’s abundant, low-cost renewable electricity into clean fuels. These clean products are produced using renewable electricity for all electricity requirements.

TGF’s Founders and Co-CEOs, David Glessner and Langtry Meyer, are experienced in all facets of mega-energy infrastructure export project development.

David Glessner, co-CEO of Texas Green Fuels stated: “Texas Green Fuels will build upon the strong energy culture in Texas to seamlessly offer sustainable fuels such as clean ammonia, hydrogen, and methanol for both domestic and export markets.” Langtry Meyer addedthat “we’re committed to playing a leading role in this transformative shift” and that “the market for clean fuels will grow rapidly and evolve similarly to LNG.”

The TGF export complex will not only bring economic benefits to the state of Texas but also help reduce carbon emissions for industries such as marine shipping, power generation, and fertilizer. Final investment decision is expected in 2025 with commercial operations commencing in 2028.

Source: Technip Energies

Technip Energies Awarded a Contract for a Low-CO2 Mega Ethylene Plant by CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd. for Huizhou Phase III Project in China

Technip Energies has been awarded a contract by CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd. (CSPC) for the Huizhou Phase III project, a mega liquid ethylene cracker located in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Technip Energies is providing the proprietary technology and process design for CSPC’s 1,600 KTA ethylene plant. This liquid ethylene cracker pioneers the use of a low CO2 furnace design and electrification of major compressors. The plant is anticipated to have 20% lower CO2 emissions than a similar conventional facility and will be able to maximize the benefit from the rapidly decarbonizing power grid for future CO2 emission reduction. 

In addition to the ethylene cracker technology, low emission furnace design scheme and the electrification of the major compressors, Technip Energies will provide key proprietary technology including a Heat Integrated Rectifier System (HRS), Ripple Trays™ and Spent Caustic Treatment Unit. The cracker utilizes Technip Energies’ Ultra Selective Conversion (USC®) U and W coil furnace technology, selected due to its high energy efficiency and improved yields.

Source: Technip Energies

McDermott Awarded EPsCm Contract from Slovnaft

McDermott has been awarded an engineering, procurement services and construction management (EPsCm) contract from Slovnaft, a.s., for the steam cracker intensification off-gas processing project at its plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

The project will upgrade the existing steam cracker unit by adding a low-pressure recovery unit, increasing ethylene production capacity utilizing the off-gas from the existing production.

McDermott will provide comprehensive EPsCm services and leverage its strategic agreement with Lummus Technology, the licensor of the steam cracker unit.

McDermott has a long-standing relationship with Slovnaft, dating back to 2003. This award is testament to our prior performance and the confidence Slovnaft has in us,” said Vaseem Khan, Senior Vice President, Onshore. “Our work with Lummus Technology since the basic design and engineering package phase of the project built our intricate knowledge and understanding of the unit. This project is an excellent example of how, through our strategic agreement with Lummus, we deliver technology solutions through the entire plant life cycle.”

The Slovnaft refinery is one of the most modern refineries in Europe. In addition to oil processing and fuel production, it also produces basic plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The ethylene unit is key to the company’s petrochemical section.

Work on the project will be delivered from McDermott’s center for downstream engineering in Brno, Czech Republic.

Source: McDermott 

JGC Awarded Papua LNG Downstream FEED Project in Papua New Guinea

JGC HoldinJGC Holdings Corporation announced that JGC Corporation which operates the overseas engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business of the JGC Group, in partnership with Hyundai Engineering & Construction, was awarded the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) estimation contract for the downstream liquified natural gas (LNG) facilities for the Papua LNG project in Papua New Guinea, by ExxonMobil on behalf of the venture partners.

The Project calls for the design of approximately 4 million tons per year of LNG liquifaction capacity adjacent to the existing PNG LNG processing facilities located 20 kilometres northwest of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with the natural gas to be sourced from the Elk Antelope gas field. The Project also includes the use of 2 million tons per year of liquefaction capacity in the existing trains of PNG LNG.

The LNG facilities will adopt an “E-Drive” design, where electric motors instead of conventional gas turbines drive the natural gas compressors.This will help reduce CO2 emissions during operations of the LNG facilities.

The role of LNG, with its reduced environmental impact in comparison with other fossil energy sources, is increasingly important in the “energy transition” which is progressing against the backdrop of recent global low-carbon and decarbonization trends. The JGC Group has been responsible for the construction of LNG facilities accounting for more than 30% of world LNG production and is currently executing three projects: a large-scale LNG project in Canada, an FLNG project in Mozambique, and an FLNG project in Malaysia.

As a world-leading engineering contractor in the LNG field, we will continue to aggressively expand our business activities and contribute to energy transition.

Source: JGC 

Doosan Enerbility Signs KRW 1.15tn Contract for Combined Cycle Power Plant in Kazakhstan

Doosan Enerbility announced that it had signed a contract with Turkistan LLP, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna, for constructing the “Turkistan Combined Cycle Power Plant.”  Doosan formed a consortium with Bazis, a local construction company, for the project bidding, resulting in a contract win worth approximately KRW 1.15 trillion for Doosan.

The 1,000MW power plant will be built in Shymkent, a major industrial region located in southern Kazakhstan. Being an EPC project, Doosan Enerbility will be taking on the overall process including the design to equipment supply, installation and commissioning process, all of which is to be completed by August 2026.

“The successful construction of the Karabatan Combined Cycle Power Plant in 2020, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 situation, helped us win the trust of our client, which in turn served as the foothold to win this project,” said Yeonin Jung, President and COO of Doosan Enerbility.  “We will do our utmost to ensure the successful execution of the Turkistan Combined Cycle Power Plant Project, to further solidify our position in the Kazakh power generation market.”

Doosan Enerbility had together with Karabatan Utility Solutions (KUS), a subsidiary of Samruk-Kazyna, won the contract for the 310MW Karabatan Combined Cycle Power Plant in 2015, culminating in the successful construction in 2020. Doosan has been expanding its presence in the global market by successively winning several new build projects for combined cycle power plants in recent years, such as the Ukudu plant project in Guam in 2020 and the Jafurah project in Saudi Arabia in 2022.

Source: Doosan Enerbility

Masdar signs MOU for the development of solar PV projects in Côte d’Ivoire

Masdar, one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Energy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to explore the development of a solar power plant with a capacity of up to 70 megawatts (MW). 

The agreement was signed in the presence of HE Tiémoko Meyliet Koné Vice President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; HE Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, COP28 President-Designate and Chairman of Masdar. The signatories were HE Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, the Ivorian Minister of Mining, Petroleum and Energy, and Fawaz Al Muharrami, Executive Director of Clean Energy, Masdar. 

HE Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, the Ivorian Minister of Mining, Petroleum and Energy, said, “Côte d’Ivoire has committed under climate change agreements to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent and to increase the share of renewable energies in its energy mix to 45 percent by 2030. In accordance with its commitments, Côte d’Ivoire has drawn up a master plan for the development of its production facilities, which integrates solar, hydroelectricity and biomass. The framework agreement that we have just signed with Masdar, accompanied by a first project of 50 to 70 MW, will contribute, in addition to the other initiatives that the Ivorian government is undertaking, to achieving this ambitious objective.”  

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said, “As part of Masdar’s new shareholding structure launched in December, we have a goal of delivering 100 GW of clean energy around the world by 2030. With Africa’s massive projected development and growth and low current clean energy penetration levels, we see enormous potential for the renewable energy sector across the continent. This agreement will support Côte d’Ivoire’s clean energy goals and help to drive sustainable economic development for the nation.” 

The agreements were signed under the umbrella of the Etihad 7 initiative, a UAE-led program that aims to raise public- and private-sector funds to invest in the development of Africa’s renewable energy sector, with the aim of achieving 20 gigawatts (GW) capacity to supply 100 million people across the continent with clean electricity by 2035.

As per the agreement, Masdar and the Ivorian Ministry of Mining, Petroleum and Energy will explore the joint development of solar photovoltaic plants in Côte d’Ivoire, starting with a first 50-70-megawatt (MW) plant. The plant would support the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire’s goal of 42 percent of its energy mix coming from renewable sources by 2030.  

With the Côte d’Ivoire signing, there are now five Etihad 7 projects under agreement, with three others signed at ADSW 2023. These include: an agreement with Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water for the development of renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 2 GW; an agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for the development of greenfield renewable projects with a total installed capacity of 1 GW; and an agreement with Zambia’s Ministry of Energy, and Zambian national utility ZESCO Limited for the joint development of solar, wind, and hydroelectricity projects with a total capacity of 2 GW.

Last August, Masdar also signed an agreement with TANESCO, the sole provider of electricity in Tanzania, to develop renewable energy projects with a total capacity of up to 2 GW, also under the umbrella of the Etihad 7 program. The two parties are in the process of finalizing the establishment of a joint venture company to advance this strategic collaboration.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), less than half of the Sub-Saharan African population has access to electricity. Africa also generates just 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. The continent has a theoretical potential capacity of approximately 850 terawatts (TW) of solar and wind, according to a report produced last year produced by Masdar and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week with analytical support provided by McKinsey & Company.

Masdar has already established a considerable presence in Africa, having formed its Infinity Power Holding joint venture with Egypt’s Infinity to target opportunities on the continent. In November, Masdar, Infinity Power and Hassan Allam Utilities signed an agreement with the Government of Egypt to develop a 10 GW onshore wind project – one of the largest wind farms in the world. The three companies are also cooperating on the development of green hydrogen projects in Egypt, targeting a combined electrolyzer capacity of 4 GW by 2030, and an output of up to 480,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. Masdar also has projects in Mauritania, Morocco, and Seychelles.

Source: Masdar

Technip Energies has been awarded a FEED contract for a carbon capture unit project in Baytown, USA

Technip Energies together with Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Zachry Group, have been awarded a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for a carbon capture unit project in Baytown, Texas, USA.

The project will be designed to capture two million tons per annum of CO2, which represents 95% of CO2 emissions from processed flue gas from Calpine’s Baytown Energy Center (BTEC) and a natural gas combined cycle power plant (CCGT).

Technip Energies and Shell Catalysts & Technologies have a strategic alliance to collaborate on the marketing, licensing and execution of projects using Shell’s CANSOLV* CO2 Capture System technology. The two organizations recently strengthened this alliance, which began in 2012, to allow them to better respond to the rapidly growing carbon capture and storage (CCS) market and the need for affordable and proven solutions.

Zachry’s scope in the FEED study will include outside battery limits (OSBL) engineering, which includes utility systems, loading and off-loading facilities, operation and maintenance buildings, and site preparation. Zachry will also conduct detailed construction planning and estimating for the overall project, with the ultimate development of a final EPC cost estimate and schedule development.

Calpine’s BTEC is a natural gas-fired power plant that incorporates combined-cycle and cogeneration technologies for highly efficient operations. The plant consists of three combustion turbines with three heat recovery steam generators and has been recognized as a Showcase Plant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Laure Mandrou, SVP Carbon Free Solutions of Technip Energies, stated, “While we are currently executing the FEED to capture carbon at Calpine’s power plant in Deer Park, we are pleased to also be selected to execute the FEED for this large carbon capture project at its CCGT power plant in Baytown. We are fully committed to support Calpine in its ambition to decarbonize its assets and make this project an industrial success together with our partner Zachry. This award confirms the robustness of our carbon capture offering in partnership with Shell utilizing its CANSOLV® technology and our proven execution capability. We are pleased to continue to grow our footprint in the CCS space in the US and provide a leading contribution to the decarbonization of the power industry.”

Nick Flinn, Vice President, Decarbonisation Technologies, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Calpine for another CCS project. Building on the success of the ongoing Deer Park CCS project, we look forward to developing more learnings and generating more value together with Calpine by deploying theCANSOLV technology at Baytown. By working closely with Technip Energies, which is performing the engineering and procurement of the CANSOLV plant, and Zachary Group, which is performing the balance of plant engineering, procurement and construction for the project, we will deliver a complete end-to-end solution for Calpine that could serve as a blueprint in the industry.”

Mike Kotara, President, Zachry Sustainability Solutions, Zachry Group, stated, “We are excited to support Calpine and to contribute to the design of this significant carbon capture project. Zachry Sustainability Solutions is committed to supporting the energy transition through engineering and construction of decarbonizing technologies, including carbon capture, hydrogen/ammonia, renewable fuels, and nuclear energy.”

Caleb Stephenson, EVP of Commercial Operations, Calpine, commented: “We’re excited about expanding this collaboration, which creates another opportunity for Calpine to provide reliable, clean, and affordable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Baytown project is an important part of our far-reaching efforts to showcase the full potential of CCS as a critical emissions-reduction technology and we are eager to continue with its development”.

Source: Technip Energies

Saipem awarded drilling contract in Ivory Coast worth 400 million USD

Saipem has been awarded by the Joint Venture Eni Côte d’Ivoire Ltd. and Petroci a drilling contract offshore the Ivory Coast worth 400 million USD. This value is to be considered gross of the leasing costs of the Deep Value Driller vessel that will be used for the operations.

The contract includes the use of the seventh-generation drillship named Deep Value Driller, one of the most modern in the world, for which Saipem has entered into a charter agreement with the company Deep Value Driller.

Saipem is thus strengthening the competitiveness of its fleet by leveraging its consolidated expertise in the selection and management of technologically advanced vessels.

The award of this contract represents an important consolidation of Saipem’s presence in the Ivory Coast, a strategic area where the company is currently executing the project for the development of the oil and gas field Baleine. Such field was discovered in the recent past thanks to the drilling activities of the Saipem 10000 and Saipem 12000 vessels.

Source: Saipem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Tecnicas Reunidas

Wood secures engineering contract for Pathways Alliance CCS pipeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Wood

Saipem and Seaway7 Announce Fixed Offshore Wind Commercial Collaboration Agreement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Saipem

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

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

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

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

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

Source: TechnipFMC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Technip Energies

Equinor awards contract worth NOK 8 billion to Aibel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Equinor 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: MHB

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A