NEXTCHEM awarded a process design contract by DG Fuels for a bio-waste to SAF facility in the USA

MAIRE S.p.A. announces that NEXTCHEM (Sustainable Technology Solutions BU), through its subsidiary MyRechemical, leading the Waste-to-Chemical segment, has been selected by DG Fuels Lousiana to provide the Process Design Package in relation to a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) facility under development in St. James Parish, Louisiana (USA).

The plant, expected to be operational in 2028, will produce 350,000 tons per year of SAF derived from biomasses and waste resources. MyRechemical has been selected as a technology licensor in relation to a gasification unit and a gas treatment unit able to process 1,000,000 tons per year of bagasse and sugar cane trash and pulp, representing the first step for SAF production.

The gasification technology and the know-how to transform synthetic gas into valuable products play a pivotal role within NEXTCHEM’s technology portfolio, making MAIRE a key player to enable the decarbonization of the world’s industries through the circular economy. Contributing to a sustainable mobility with the use of a wide range of clean fuel solutions, including the valorization of agricultural waste is, in fact, one of MAIRE’s main objectives as envisaged in its business plan.

DG Fuels (the parent of DG Fuels Louisiana) is a U.S. company engaged in renewable hydrogen and biogenic based, synthetic low emissions aviation fuel. The company has established several partnerships and offtake agreements with major global airlines and is currently developing its first SAF facility. The project meets the requirements set in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Clean Fuels & Products Shot initiative aimed at decarbonizing the aviation sector through the industrialization of SAF. Additionally, SAF derived from biomass or waste resources is eligible under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reduce the carbon offsetting requirements of airlines.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE CEO, commented: “The award is a strong recognition of our efforts to implement and industrialize the waste-to-chemicals solutions developed by NEXTCHEM. The industry is rewarding our expertise and commitment to technologies that support the global decarbonization roadmap. Having been selected for this strategic project confirms that our technology is best positioned in a competitive market such as the US, where circularity is playing a key role in achieving carbon footprint reduction targets”.

Michael Darcy, DG FUEL CEO & Chairman, commented: “We are very happy to formalize our agreement to use the NEXTCHEM gasification technology in our first zero carbon SAF production facility.  NEXTCHEM’s superior technology, extremely strong engineering capabilities and unquestioned financial wherewithal makes them the ideal partner in our efforts to decarbonize the aviation industry”.


Metito and Tahliya Group Sign an Agreement to Jointly Develop two Water Projects in Morocco

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco signed a declaration to develop a “solid and innovative partnership” in efforts to develop economic, trade, and investment cooperation. Following this announcement, Metito Utilities, a global investor and developer of sustainable water management solutions and climate resilient water assets, signed an agreement with Tahliya Group, a prominent UAE-based infrastructure company specializing in power generation and desalinated water production plants in Africa. Together, Metito and Tahliya intend to develop a multi-user irrigation project, by way of desalinated water, in Morrocco. The desalination projects will be powered by renewable energy.

The official signing ceremony took place at the Metito’s offices in the National Industries Park in Dubai, coinciding with the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event was hosted by Rami Ghandour, CEO Metito Utilities and Zouheir Bensaid, the Chairman and CEO of Tahliya Group.

In response to the unveiling of this strategic partnership, Rami Ghandour expressed, “Metito’s founding principles are Impact, Sustainability, and Innovation. Guided by these principles, we are thrilled to join forces with Tahliya Group to adeptly tackle pressing issues concerning water scarcity, food security, and sustainable development in Morocco. Leveraging Metito’s proficiency in high-value engineering, coupled with our proven track record in developing large-scale desalination plants, and Tahliya Group’s expertise in infrastructure development, we are poised to establish a sustained and meaningful impact through the projects we are developing together.”  Metito has topped the global charts for being the provider of the largest desalination plants, in capacity, for 2 years in a row 2021-22 and 2022-23 as announced by the Global Water Intelligence report.

Zouheir Bensaid, Chairman and CEO of Tahliya Group, underscored the significance of both projects, “Aligned with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, Metito and Tahliya Group, will mark a new milestone in the water industry by developing alternative energy powered desalination plants at a scale, for the purpose of irrigation in Morocco.  Both companies possess all essential attributes and a shared vision that positions this collaboration as one poised for genuine impact on the communities and individuals we aim to reach through our projects. We are confident that our projects will result in substantial and far-reaching effects.”

Morocco is a key market for Metito and Tahliya which promises immense potential as an investment hub, given the nation’s diverse assets and conducive business climate. Metito will examine mobilising multiple pockets of capital and expertise to realise the planned projects, including potentially Africa Water Infrastructure Development (AWID).

Source: Metito 

Thyssenkrupp Uhde Won BEP & FEED Contract for Biopolymer Plant in the Arabian Peninsula

thyssenkrupp Uhde has secured a Basic Engineering Package (BEP) and Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) package for the establishment of a biopolymer plant on the Arabian Peninsula. The plant is intended to produce an industrial large-scale volume of polylactic acid (PLA) polymer, utilizing lactic acid from corn as the primary feedstock. While polymer specialist Uhde Inventa-Fischer will perform the BEP for the PLA production based on its proprietary state-of-the-art technology, its sister company thyssenkrupp Uhde India will perform the FEED which covers the complete production complex including associated offsite and utilities.

The design of the biopolymer plant focuses on stringently optimized feedstock utilization during all stages: from starch conversion to lactic acid production, and finally polylactic acid production. An integral aspect of this project is the plant’s ability to sustainably produce a range of PLA grades, addressing the diverse requirements of various industries such as packaging, textiles, and hygiene supplies.

“Replacing fossil feedstocks with renewable ones can minimize the ecological impact of entire value chains,” stated Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO thyssenkrupp Uhde. “This project is another proof that we can significantly contribute to a more sustainable production of much-needed materials for global key industries.”

Harald Kroll, CEO Gulf Biopolymers Industries: “We are proud to announce the establishment of the first large biopolymer plant in the MENA region. This project is a milestone for the reduction of fossil-based plastics, and advancing the adoption of environmentally friendly PLA polymers.”

Derived from lactic acid, PLA stands out as a genuine biopolymer. It is produced from renewable biomass sources, and it is also biodegradable. This positions PLA as a sustainable alternative to conventional fossil-based plastics, offering a pragmatic solution for reducing the environmental footprint associated with plastic production and consumption.

Source: thyssenkrupp Uhde

Hyundai E&C to expand cooperation in the nuclear power plant project with Energoatom

Hyundai E&C is picking up speed to enter into the global market for nuclear power plants through activities such as building a collaborative network with Energoatom. Hyundai E&C signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Energoatom on the overall nuclear power plant project in Paris, France. Prior to this, in January of last year, Hyundai E&C signed a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) for mutual exchange of project information. This agreement was entered into during the World Nuclear Exhibition 2023(WNE) that was held in Paris Nord Villepinte from November 28th to 30th, and management executives from both companies including President Yoon Young-joon of Hyundai E&C and President Petro Kotin of Energoatom participated in the signing ceremony. 

Hyundai E&C and Energoatom are planning to seek out cooperation in nuclear power based on the LOI including support in pursuing the SMR and large nuclear power plant projects in Ukraine, securing resources for the development of new nuclear power plant and exchange of experience and technology related to research and development of nuclear power plants. 

Hyundai E&C signed an MOU with ‘Holtec International’, a company specializing in nuclear power plants in US, to install up to 20 SMRs in the future following a pilot SMR installation in Ukraine by march 2029, and last month, it entered into an agreement with Ukrenergo on the new construction and repair of transmission and transformation facility in Warsaw, Poland, to further expand its breadth in the energy infrastructure rebuilding project of Ukraine. In particular, European market that is adjacent to Ukraine is a region where active discussions are being carried out on the construction of SMR and additional orders of large-scale nuclear power plants with activities such as the inclusion of nuclear power generation technology as the beneficiary of the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA), that is known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of Europe. Through this cooperation, Hyundai E&C is expected to gain traction in perusing the entrance into the nuclear power project in Europe in addition to the recovery of the power system in Ukraine. 

On one hand, this year, Hyundai E&C participated in the World Nuclear Exhibition, the world’s largest private nuclear exhibition that started in 2014, for the first time, to be proactive in networking with global companies specializing in nuclear power plants and relevant institutions. This year, 610 companies from 76 countries participated in the exhibition, and as such, Hyundai E&C is thought to be targeting the overseas nuclear power plant market. Relevant personnel of Hyundai E&C said, “From Shin-Gori Nuclear Power Plant, which was the first nuclear power plant in Korea, to Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in UAE that Hyundai E&C exported for the first time, Hyundai E&C that set critical milestones in the nuclear power plant industry of Korea is solidifying its leading position in the entire value chain of nuclear power plants including SMR, decommissioning, storage facility, and large next-generation nuclear power plants,” and added, “We look forward to Korea’s nuclear industry entering into the global market as we are continuing to actively pursue the entrance into the European market through the signing of agreements and participation in exhibitions, and so forth”. 

Recently, Hyundai E&C proved its unrivaled construction quality and technical capability by being selected as the construction company for the construction of the main facility of Shin-Hanul nuclear power plants 3 and 4 that amounts to KRW 3.1195 trillion

Source: Hyundai E&C

Mexico Pacific Awards Sierra Madre Pipeline EPC Contract to GDI SICIM PIPELINES and BONATTI

Mexico Pacific, GDI Sicim Pipelines, and Bonatti announced that they have executed the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) contract for the Sierra Madre pipeline project. The 500-mile Sierra Madre pipeline will be utilized as the primary natural gas supply path for the transportation of up to 2.8 Bcf/d natural gas from the U.S. border to the first phase of Mexico Pacific’s 15 million tonne per annum (“MTPA”) Saguaro Energia liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export facility located in Puerto Libertad, Sonora, Mexico.

Under the lump-sum-turnkey EPC contracts, the GDI Sicim Pipelines and Bonatti joint venture will engineer, procure and construct the Sierra Madre pipeline with Bonatti’s scope extending to the required compressor stations.

“We are pleased to be partnering with GDI Sicim Pipelines and Bonatti. A team of best-in-class international pipeline contractors with proven track records of pipeline execution and delivery in Mexico” said Ivan Van der Walt, Chief Executive Officer of Mexico Pacific. “Execution of our pipeline EPC contracts represents yet another important inflection point for our project as we prepare to move into construction. We look forward to working with GDI Sicim Pipelines and Bonatti in delivering a project that will bring transformational value to Mexico and critically needed cleaner energy supply to global markets.”

“GDI Sicim Pipelines is very pleased to participate in this project and being part of this team. We are committed to the successful execution of the Sierra Madre Pipeline Project and will provide the best of our resources and experience to achieve this goal.”

Bonatti is extremely proud to be part of this flagship project and to keep contributing to the development of Mexico’s energy infrastructure. We are committed to delivering this challenging project together with our partners.”

Source: Mexico Pacific

Saipem awarded two offshore contracts worth approximately 1.9 billion USD

Saipem has been awarded two offshore contracts, one in Guyana and the other in Brazil, worth approximately 1.9 billion USD.

The first contract has been awarded by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary ExxonMobil Guyana Limited for the proposed Whiptail oilfield development located in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, at a water depth of approximately 2,000 meters. Saipem’s scope of work includes the design, fabrication and installation of subsea structures, risers, flowlines, and umbilicals for a large subsea production facility.

Saipem will perform operations using its state-of-the-art vessels FDS2, Constellation, and Castorone, and will deploy as a key fabrication site for its execution model Saipem’s Guyana Offshore Construction Facility located at the Port of Georgetown, enhancing a sustainable steady growth in the country. Subject to the necessary government approvals, the project sanction by ExxonMobil Guyana Limited and its Stabroek block coventurers, and an authorization to proceed with the final phase, the award will allow Saipem to begin some limited activities, namely detailed engineering, and procurement.

The second contract has been awarded by Equinor for the Raia project, the development of a pre-salt gas and condensate field in the Campos Basin, located about 200 km offshore the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Saipem’s scope of work encompasses the offshore transport and installation of a subsea gas export line and associated equipment in water depths of around 2,900 meters, as well as the horizontal drilling activities for the shore approach. Saipem will deploy its state-of-the-art pipelaying vessel Castorone for the installation works.

With this project, Saipem will contribute to the realization of one of the most important gas development projects in Brazil, which could represent 15% of the total domestic demand of the Country. The extracted gas will be transported through pipelines installed by Saipem for approximately 200 km from the field to a gas receiving facility to be built in Cabiúnas, in the city of Macaé in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The two awards confirm, once again, the competitiveness of Saipem’s offer in bidding processes and the ability to build long term partnerships based on consistent performances. Moreover, they further strengthen the visibility on Saipem’s key assets utilization throughout 2027.

Source: Saipem 

Wood has secured a 2-year contract extension with Equinor for the Mariner Field, UK

Wood has secured a two-year contract extension with Equinor UK Limited to support safe and reliable energy production at the Mariner field in the UK North Sea.

Wood will continue to provide operations, maintenance, modifications and offshore services on the Mariner A platform and Mariner B floating storage unit, as well as delivering front-end concept and feasibility studies, detailed design, construction and commissioning services for future project developments.

In addition, Equinor continue to utilise Wood’s digital capabilities and experience to optimise efficiency across Mariner’s operations.

Ellis Renforth, Wood’s President of Operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We are proud to further strengthen our relationship with Equinor through this contract extension. As a trusted delivery partner, we will continue to provide operations, maintenance and engineering support, critical to energy security.

”The contract extension is testament to the quality of delivery by our teams both onshore and offshore, applying innovative, sustainable ways of working, utilising our enhanced digital capabilities to ensure safe, reliable and consistent operations across the Mariner field.”

Wood has a longstanding partnership with Equinor, supporting global projects, including long-term contracts in Norway and Brazil as well as Equinor’s renewable energy business in the UK.

The Mariner field is located approximately 150km east of the Shetland Islands in the Northern North Sea and is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years, contributing towards reliable energy supply and security.

The contract will continue to be delivered by Wood’s team in Aberdeen and offshore North Sea.

Source: Wood

McDermott awarded an EPCI contract for the Manatee Gas Field Project

McDermott has received a limited notice to proceed for an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited for the Manatee gas field development project, located off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago.

Subject to Shell taking a final investment decision, the Manatee project scope is for the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, and commissioning of a wellhead platform, offshore and onshore gas pipelines.

“This award follows our successful delivery of the front-end engineering design for the Manatee gas field,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott‘s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “It is testament to McDermott’s integrated EPCI capabilities built over the last 100 years around the world including many successful projects in Trinidad and Tobago. We will again deliver for Shell, building on a partnership marked by trust, collaboration, and shared success, to execute this important project.”

The Manatee field is a conventional gas development and once commissioned, gas will supply both domestic and export markets from Trinidad and Tobago.

Source: McDermott

Aker Solutions wins Hafslund Oslo Celsio CCS FEED

Aker Solutions, together with Aker Carbon Capture has been awarded a full front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Hafslund Oslo Celsio (Celsio), the largest supplier of district heating in Norway, to develop carbon capture at its waste-to-energy facility at Klemetsrud in Oslo, Norway.

Through the FEED, Aker Solutions, Aker Carbon Capture, and Celsio have established a framework for an intention to execute an engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract, subject to contract negotiations and final investment decision (FID).

The FEED award follows Celsio’s cost reduction initiative for the Oslo CCS project and will be delivered based on Aker Carbon Capture’s modularized Just Catch 400 unit, with a design capacity to capture up to 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Klemetsrud waste incineration plant is Oslo’s largest emitter and produces a significant proportion of the city’s total CO2 emissions.

The Celsio CCS project is part of Longship, the Norwegian Government’s carbon capture and storage project, which will also include CO2 captured at Heidelberg Materials’ cement plant in Brevik, where the carbon capture plant is delivered by Aker Carbon Capture and Aker Solutions. The awarded FEED is limited to the capture facility at the existing waste incineration plant, and not including the intermediate storage and harbor facility at a port to be decided.

“At Aker Solutions, we have three decades of experience in designing and delivering large, complex, first-of-a-kind projects from the Sleipner CO2 storage platform in the 1990’s to the current Northern Lights development off the coast of Norway. With our strong engineering, procurement, construction, and installation capabilities, we are proud to support Hafslund Oslo Celsio in making this project a reality, “said Kjetel Digre, Chief Executive Officer at Aker Solutions

“The Celsio CCS development is of great importance to further strengthen Norway’s leading position in CCS and ensure the country’s ambitious climate goals are achieved.” 

Source: Aker Solutions

Equinor, KCA Deutag ink electrification contract for Askepott rig

KCA Deutag has been awarded a contract to carry out a major project to electrify Equinor’s jackup rig, Askepott, in Norway.

The electrification project, which will be delivered by KCA Deutag’s Kenera business unit, will make the Askepott rig the first in Equinor’s portfolio to be powered from onshore when it is completed in Q4 2024.

Askepott will receive power from high voltage cabling via the Martin Linge A platform, which is already supplied with power from the shore through the world’s longest alternating current cable and is located 42 kilometres west of the Oseberg Field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The electrification of the Askepott rig in the field will enable energy efficient drilling operations and provide significant decreases in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Based on historic records and predicted calculations, it is anticipated the project will result in a reduction of twenty thousand tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year when compared to running with traditional diesel generators.

As a key part of the project, Kenera will convert the existing mud treatment room on Askepott to an electrical power room and install transformers, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and high-voltage switch boards certified to DNV classification requirements.

Kenera will provide a turnkey solution from initial procurement, detailed engineering, installation, and commissioning before handing the project over to Equinor and KCA Deutag’s team in Norway for the day-to-day operations onboard Askepott.

This project is the next step in previous Kenera campaigns to reduce CO2 emissions which have included the energy optimisation of both of Equinor’s Cat J rigs, the Askepott and Askeladden. These projects deployed CO2 and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) reduction technologies as part of Equinor’s long-term low emissions strategy for 2050 and resulted in the elimination of more than 85 per cent of NOx emissions.

Gordon Ronaldson, Senior Vice President, Kenera, commented: “This project to electrify Askepott will demonstrate the opportunities for rig electrification of assets across Equinor’s portfolio and indeed the wider sector as the industry looks to reduce total energy consumption and create more sustainable drilling operations. The award is also an important milestone for Kenera, as we continue to focus upon decarbonisation technologies and the energy transition. It will demonstrate and build industry confidence in our capability to electrify offshore and mobile assets.”

Source: KCA Deutag

Samsung Engineering commences Sarawak H2biscus Green Hydrogen & Ammonia FEED project in Malaysia

Samsung Engineering, a world-leading engineering solutions and project management company, announced, that with LOTTE CHEMICAL, Korea National Oil Corporation and Malaysia’s SEDC Energy (Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Energy) the FEED contract for the Sarawak H2biscus Green Hydrogen & Ammonia project(H2biscus) in Malaysia was launched with a kick-off meeting.

The kick-off meeting was held on the 23rd November at Samsung Engineering’s headquarters, GEC (Global Engineering Center) in Sangil-dong, Gangdong-gu. Samsung Engineering Executive Vice President & Head of Sustainable Solution Business Division Cheonhong Park, LOTTE CHEMICAL Division Manager Kim Yong-hak, Korea National Oil Corporation Team Leader Jang Jin-hwan, SEDC Energy President Robert Hardin, and other officials from each participating company participated, reviewed major subjects and schedules related to FEED design progress, and shared strategies.

Samsung Engineering will execute the FEED for the green hydrogen plant with an annual capacity of 150,000 tons and a green ammonia conversion plant with a capacity of 850,000 tons in Sarawak, Malaysia, expected completion in 2024.

Samsung Engineering plans to derive a hydrogen production method optimized in terms of efficiency and economic feasibility by applying both PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysis) and AEC (alkaline water electrolysis) technologies, which are representative water electrolysis technologies, at the FEED stage.

This H2biscus project is a project to produce clean hydrogen based on renewable energy in Sarawak, Malaysia and introduce it to Korea with the participation of Samsung Engineering, LOTTE CHEMICAL, Korea National Oil Corporation and SEDC Energy of Malaysia, launched in early 2022. The project has started and is on track, including signing a renewable power MOU with the Sarawak Electricity Authority in September of the same year.

The H2biscus project is a project to produce and introduce clean hydrogen based on renewable energy in Sarawak, Malaysia, and is cruising by securing renewable power in September of the same year after starting the project in early 2022. Based on this FEED, a final investment decision (FID: Final Investment Decision) will be made at the end of 2024. Once FID is approved EPC is expected to begin right after at the end of 2024 and commercial production of hydrogen is expected for early 2028.

The alliance on this project predict that H2biscus will greatly contribute to achieving Korea’s carbon neutrality goal and revitalizing the hydrogen economy. Some of the clean hydrogen to be produced through this project will be used locally in Sarawak, and the rest will be converted to ammonia form and brought into the country to be used in various forms. The Malaysian state of Sarawak plans to contribute to revitalizing the local economy and implement a hydrogen economy in earnest through the successful development of the H2biscus project.

Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of Samsung Engineering said, “We have taken the first step for carrying out the main project of the H2biscus project, which has great significance both domestically and internationally. We will successfully develop the project as well as the FEED, making H2biscus the role model for global hydrogen projects.”

In the era of energy transition, Samsung Engineering is focusing on securing technology and business development in the hydrogen, ammonia, and CCUS fields addressing social challenges with technology and strengthen the foundation for mid- to long-term sustainable growth. Samsung Engineering is seeking to expand business opportunities by securing technology through partnerships with domestic and foreign companies as well as utilizing its network with major overseas clients. In particular, similar to H2biscus, Samsung Engineering’s Hydrom Clean Hydrogen Project in Oman, which produces clean hydrogen from overseas and introduces it into Korea, and the Shepherd CCS Project, which transports and stores domestically generated carbon and stores it overseas, are gaining traction.

Source: Samsung Engineering


Petrojet a leading regional Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor, and “TAQA” Saudi Arabia (Industrialization & Energy Services Company) a leading well solutions provider in the energy industry, signed an MoU for the establishing of a strategic alliance to explore integrated oilfield projects in Africa & Middle East.

The Alliance will leverage the collective capabilities of both companies to identify and seize opportunities in various aspects of oilfield development in Africa & Middle East, including early production facilities, engineering, and fabrication of equipment.

The MoU was signed by the Managing Director of Petrojet & the Executive Vice President Well Solutions of TAQA

The signing of the MoU is the anchor for several cooperation between the two companies and was executed during the visit of H.E Mr. Majid Al-Qasabi Saudi Arabia Commerce Minister to Egypt.

Source: Petrojet

McDermott Awarded Decommissioning Contract by Santos

McDermott has been awarded a sizeable* engineering, procurement, removal, and disposal contract by Santos. The offshore decommissioning award is for the full removal and disposal of the Campbell platform structure, which is part of the Varanus Island Hub offshore infrastructure in Western Australia.

Under the contract scope, McDermott will provide project management and engineering services for the removal and transportation of the platform topsides, substructure and associated items to an onshore facility, where it will be dismantled and disposed. 

“Our successful, proven track record of project delivery spans the entire energy value chain,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “This decommissioning award reflects the commitment we share with Santos to timely, safe, and environmentally responsible removal of infrastructure at the end of its operational life cycle. We look forward to continuing to be part of delivering their sustainability commitments while also contributing to the circular economy for a lower carbon future.

Project management and engineering will be executed by McDermott’s team in Perth, Australia, with support from Batam, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The decommissioning of the Campbell platform is the fourth decommissioning project executed by McDermott in Australia in the last two years. 

*McDermott defines a sizeable contract as between USD $1 million and USD $50M million.

Source: McDermott 

L&T Wins Mega Offshore Contract in the Middle East

The Hydrocarbon business (L&T Energy Hydrocarbon – LTEH) of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has received a Letter of Intent for mega Offshore order from a prestigious client in the Middle East.  

The scope of work comprises engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of a new large offshore platform and brownfield work of integration with existing facilities.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Subramanian Sarma, Whole-time Director and Senior Executive Vice President (Energy), L&T said, “This mega order from a new customer reaffirms global acknowledgment of our capabilities and marks a key milestone for our offshore business. Our focus continues to be on enhancing competencies and leveraging opportunities arising from our core markets.”

The Hydrocarbon Business is executing several domestic and international offshore projects and is committed to expanding its regional presence across adjacent and business-conducive geographies.

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

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Subsea7 Awarded Decommissioning Contract in Brazil

Subsea7 announced the award of a sizeable contract by Shell for the decommissioning of subsea infrastructure associated with the FPSO Fluminense in the Bijupirá and Salema fields of the Campos Basin, at 700m water depth.

Subsea7’s scope includes the disconnection, recovery, and disposal of 10 flexible risers, three umbilicals and nine mooring lines. Offshore works are planned to start in December 2023.

Yann Cottart, Subsea7 Brazil Vice-President, said: “Twenty years ago, Subsea7 installed the flexibles and umbilicals for Shell’s Bijupirá and Salema fields and, two decades later, we’re proud to be one of Shell’s chosen contractors to take part in the completion of this field’s life cycle.” 

Source: Subsea7

JGC, JAPEX, & “K” LINE Signed an Agreement with PETRONAS for the Development of the CCS Project in Malaysia

JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD), Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) (hereinafter referred collectively as the “Japan Consortium(JC)”) have agreed and signed the Key Principles Agreement (“KPA”) with PETRONAS CCS Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (PCCSV) to jointly mature and develop the CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) project plan and structure (hereinafter the “CCS Project Development”) aiming the commercialization of the CCS project by the end of 2028 at offshore Malaysia.

The signing ceremony took place in Japan, attended by PETRONAS President & Group CEO, YM Tan Sri Tengku M Taufik, JGC HD Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO), Masahiro Aika, JAPEX Representative Director and President, Masahiro Fujita Representative and “K” LINE Managing Executive Officer, Satoshi Kanamori in the presence of Mr. Saeki, Director of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The announcement was made today after receiving consent from relevant stakeholders.

The CCS joint collaboration study (hereinafter the “Joint Study”) was commenced by PETRONAS and JAPEX in January 2022 and JGC Corporation, a subsidiary of JGC HD. and “K” LINE joined in July of the same year(*1), has successfully assessed the underground storage capacity of CO2, marine transportation from CO2 emission sources, and the most effective CO2 storage scheme for the purpose of permanent storage at offshore Malaysia. Based on the conclusion of Joint Study, that targeting the depleted oil and gas fields and the associated aquifers, identified offshore Malaysia, will maximize practicality of CO2 storage and feasibility of the earliest commercialization, we have agreed to execute the CCS Project Development jointly.

The KPA will commence the specific preparatory works with a view of beginning the front end engineering design in 2024 and the subsequent construction works, aiming to inject and store CO2 from Malaysia and Japan in the end of 2028. We will proceed with the detailed engineering of the specifications, estimated costs, and business scheme, including infrastructure network of CO2 pipelines from onshore gathering, receiving facilities for liquefied CO2 transported by ships and offshore injection facilities. PCCSV and JC will work closely with other Malaysian stakeholders for the development of the CCS hub in Malaysia.

PCCSV and JC will execute the CCS Project Development aiming for the final investment decision on the commercialization in the mid-2020s and the operation commencement by the end of 2028. The target amount of CO2 injection is to be at least about 2 million tons per year at the beginning of the project, including that from Malaysia and Japan, and 5 million tons per year by 2030, with a view to increasing the amount to more than10 million tons per year in the early 2030s.

In addition, the JC will continue the joint evaluation (hereinafter the “Joint Evaluation”) aiming to establish the CCS value chain originated from Japan with JFE Steel Corporation (*2) since this June and will manage to collaborate between the Joint Evaluation and the CCS Project Development. By executing the KPA for the early commercialization of the CCS project, JGC HD, JAPEX and “K” LINE aim to contribute for the realization of de-carbonized society in Asia targeted by the “Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI)”(*3).

Source: JGC

Chiyoda Awarded the Study for CCUS Hubs and Clusters Concept in Niigata by MGC

Chiyoda Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the study for a CCUS hubs and clusters concept in East-Niigata by MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC. (MGC).

The study is a part of the feasibility study of CCS in East-Niigata area, which is a public solicitation by Japan Organization for Metal and Energy Security (JOGMEC) regarding the Request for Proposal on the “Business Feasibility Study on Japanese Advanced CCS Project” in the fiscal 2023, which is entrusted to Japan Petroleum Exploration Co.,Ltd, MGC, Tohoku Electric Power Co.,Inc., Hokuetsu Corporation, and Nomura Research Institute,Ltd.(hereinafter the “Consortium” for the five companies together) and Chiyoda has been awarded the contract by MGC.

The feasibility study will be conducted by the Consortium aiming at launching a CCS project by 2030, while examining CO2 separation and capture from existing chemical plant, papermaking plant and power station, CO2 injection and storage point, and transportation pipeline to connect these venues in the East-Niigata area which is a target region in the “Niigata Carbon Neutrality Site Development and Foundation Establishment Strategy” unveiled in March 2023 by Niigata Prefecture. Continuing from last year, Chiyoda will conduct a study on facilities towards the construction of a hydrogen production unit using a Steam Methane Reformer (SMR).

Chiyoda has constructed over half of the large-scale hydrogen production units using SMRs for refineries in Japan and will be actively engaged in the expansion of blue hydrogen produced by adding CO2 separation and capture units to SMRs as a realistic method for reducing carbon emissions.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

JGC Signed an MOU with Asahi Kasei, Gentari for a FEED Study of the Green Hydrogen Project in Malaysia

Asahi Kasei, Gentari Hydrogen Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS clean energy arm Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), and JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC) announced the completion of a detailed feasibility study for production of up to 8,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen using a 60 megawatt (MW) class alkaline water electrolyser system. The parties also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the said project. This project is supported by the Green Innovation Fund for Large-scale Alkaline Water Electrolysis System Development and Green Chemical Plant Project by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Pursuant to the MOU, the parties are preparing for the FEED study to commence in January 2024. The operation is planned for start-up in 2027.

This collaboration between Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC will advance the deployment of a 60 MW class water electrolyser paired with an integrated control system to produce green hydrogen. This commercial-scale project demonstrates the companies’ commitment to fostering markets for green hydrogen and establishing a foundation for regional green hydrogen Open 2 production, aligning with the broader mission of decarbonisation in Japan, Malaysia, and across Southeast Asia.

“We are pleased to collaborate with these two companies on a project that will demonstrate to the world the practical application of green hydrogen. Asahi Kasei’s experience from demonstration experiments in Germany and managing a 10 MW electrolyser in Japan for over three years will play a pivotal role in this project’s success,” said Nobuko Uetake, Lead Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei and Senior General Manager of its Green Solution Project.

“This strategic collaboration between Gentari, Asahi Kasei, and JGC, amplifies value for all involved. The project stands as a catalyst for advancing Malaysia’s hydrogen economy towards achieving its green hydrogen target of 200,000 tonnes per year by 2030, aligning with the National Energy Transition Roadmap and Hydrogen Economy and Technology Roadmap. Beyond this, Gentari is developing hydrogen projects with national and state entities to position Malaysia as the region’s leading hydrogen hub, leveraging PETRONAS assets and the country’s strategic advantages,” said Michèle Azalbert, Gentari’s Chief Hydrogen Officer.

“I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the efforts to conclude this MOU. JGC Group is currently constructing a demonstration facility of clean ammonia production adjacent to Asahi Kasei’s electrolyser at Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, together with an integrated control system. We look forward to applying the lessons learnt from the demonstration and to utilising its technical outcomes toward the execution of this project in Malaysia,” said Masahiro Aika, Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer and General Manager, Sustainability Co-creation Unit of JGC.

Source: JGC

KBR Awarded FEED Contract for Fidelis New Energy’s Liquid CO2 Project

KBR announced it has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FFED) contract by Fidelis New Energy for Project Fyrkat, a liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) receiving terminal at the Port of Aalborg, Denmark. 

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide engineering to support the LCO2 handling and storage facility, as Fidelis New Energy aims to help global decarbonization. 

Project Fyrkat is one of the first onshore CO2 sequestration facilities and is part of a larger initiative, Project Norne, which expects to store more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030. This equates to around half of all Denmark’s yearly emissions. Norne will provide emitting companies with access to an affordable and safe pathway to process their CO2 emissions. 

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of this significant liquid carbon dioxide project in Europe,” said Jay Ibrahim, President, KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions. “KBR’s strategic commitment and expertise in energy transition, coupled with our world-class engineering professionals, enables us to provide cutting-edge solutions to projects that are the key to helping our world achieve net-zero carbon emissions.”

KBR has successfully delivered similar projects involving liquid carbon dioxide. KBR understands the intricacies of such projects, and the criticality in providing a cleaner, more sustainable world.

“We are thrilled to work with KBR for our receiving facility due to their extensive experience and expertise with liquid carbon dioxide, enhancing our ability to service our clients’ marine transported CO2 volumes,” added Ulrik Weuder, Managing Director for Fidelis Europe.”Fidelis has been working in Denmark for over two years to position the Norne Carbon Storage Hub as the carbon storage leader in Europe. Norne will enable emitters in Northern Europe to decarbonize both safely and economically.”

Source: KBR

Thyssenkrupp Uhde & DL E&C Signed a Pre-FEED Contract for Murchison Hydrogen Renewables Project

Thyssenkrupp Uhde, in partnership with DL E&C (formerly Daelim Industrial) and its affiliate (CARBONCO), has been selected by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) on behalf of Murchison Hydrogen Renewables Pty Ltd, to deliver a pre-FEED to support the development of the giga-watt-scale Murchison green ammonia project in Kalbarri, Western Australia. This project will use onshore wind and solar energy for green hydrogen and green ammonia production.

The key goal of the pre-FEED is to enhance the technical concept and commence key engineering activities for the ammonia plant. The study will be based on thyssenkrupp Uhde’s dynamic uhde ammonia synthesis technology, which has been specifically developed to tackle the unique challenges of dynamic ammonia production. The company will also provide integration engineering for the full facility. The pre-FEED will also enable Murchison Hydrogen Renewables to advance through the subsequent commercial and regulatory phases of the project.

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde, said: “With our technologies, we at thyssenkrupp Uhde are making a significant contribution to the green transformation. With our technologies and new partnerships like this one with Murchison Hydrogen Renewables, we are building a sound business case for this groundbreaking green energy project and enabling the sustainable and climate-friendly production of green ammonia.”

Dr. Sang Min Lee, CEO of CARBONCO, said: “We are confident that this partnership for the green ammonia project will further accelerate the global transition to achieve carbon neutrality. We believe that CARBONCO will be a bridge between Western Australia and East Asia, which will play a significant role in the energy transition.”

Source: Thyssenkrupp 

McDermott Awarded Transportation and Installation Contract by ONGC

McDermott has been awarded a large* transportation and installation contract by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for the KG-DWN-98/2 development project, located off the east coast of India.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will perform the transportation and installation of a central processing platform (CPP) and living quarters. Once installed, the CPP will be used to process wet gas which will then be transferred from the platform to an onshore terminal.

The CPP award is an expansion of McDermott’s current scope of work under the KG-DWN-98/2 project — one of the largest subsea projects in India. Originally awarded in 2018, and nearing completion, the integrated subsea package includes the supply of all subsea production systems (SPS), including 26 deepwater trees, and the installation of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) at a water depth of between zero to 4,265 feet (1,300 meters).

“This award demonstrates McDermott’s track record of executing fast track projects of this nature,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “It not only builds on the successes of our ongoing work for the KG-DWN-98/2 project but stands as a testament to our strong working relationship with ONGC. We are confident that our collaborative approach will continue to position us well for the successful delivery of this next stage of this important project for India.”

Project management and engineering will be executed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with support from other McDermott offices.

*McDermott defines a large contract as between USD $50 million and USD $250 million

Source: McDermott

Eni and Saipem Agreement to Develop New Biorefineries

Eni and Saipem have signed an agreement for the development of biorefining. It was signed by Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Operating Officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, and Alessandro Puliti, Chief Executive Officer at Saipem, to support the transformation path of traditional refineries and the development of new Eni biorefineries.

The agreement is in line with the decarbonization goals of Eni and Saipem, and it focuses on the study for and subsequent potential construction of plants for the production of biojet, a sustainable aviation fuel, and of the biofuel HVO diesel, produced from 100% renewable raw materials (pursuant to EU Directive 2018/2001 “REDII”). HVO diesel is on sale at Enilive service stations under the name HVOlution and can be used across road, naval and rail transport.

The agreement involves the application of Eni’s proprietary Ecofining™ technology for both the development of new biorefineries and the conversion of traditional refineries, combining Eni’s extensive technological and operational experience with Saipem’s distinctive expertise in the design and construction of this type of plants. 

Eni was the first company in the world to convert two traditional refineries into biorefineries, in Venice Porto Marghera and Gela, Sicily, for the processing of waste feedstocks, such as used cooking oil, animal fats, agro-food industry residues, and vegetable oils, using Ecofining™ technology. Saipem provided support on both projects.

Eni plans to expand its biorefining capacity from the current 1.65 million tons/year to over 5 million tons/year by 2030.

Source: Saipem 

Fluor Awarded a Multibillion-Dollar Jansen Potash Stage 2 Project by BHP

Fluor Corporation announced that its Mining and metals business has been selected by BHP Canada to develop Stage 2 of its multibillion-dollar Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan, Canada. Fluor expects to recognize its undisclosed reimbursable contract value in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Fluor is excited to be selected to partner with BHP to deliver this sustainable program that is critical for food security,” said Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “This award is a testament to our track record of successfully delivering complex mega-projects, coupled with our expertise in fertilizer production and execution capability in western Canada.

Potash is essential in supporting eco-friendly agriculture. Approximately 95% of potash is used in fertilizers to support plant growth, increase crop yield and disease resistance, and enhance water preservation.

When completed, the Jansen site will be capable of producing approximately 8.5 million tonnes of potash per year. It will be one of the largest and most sustainable potash mines in the world.

Project execution is scheduled to begin later this month.

The project will be managed through Fluor’s Calgary and Vancouver, Canada, offices.

Source: Fluor Corporation

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

The Power Transmission & Distribution business of L&T Construction has secured key orders in India and overseas, in the current quarter.

In Chhattisgarh, the business has received an order for establishing 400kV & 220kV transmission lines to help relieve the congestion in the state’s electricity transmission grid.

In Saudi Arabia, an order for turnkey construction of a 380kV Substation with associated overhead transmission lines has been won.

Another order has been bagged in the State of Kuwait to build 5 Substations to provide reliable and efficient power supply to an upcoming residential city.

Additional orders have been won in ongoing substation orders in Qatar.

In a significant breakthrough, the business has bagged an order in Malaysia, in a consortium, to establish a 275kV Underground Cable system to double the power transmission capacity in the existing network.

Source: L&T Construction

Chiyoda Corporation Awarded an EPC Contract by Kureha Corporation

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by Kureha Corporation (Kureha), in collaboration with IHI Plant Corporation (IHI Plant), to increase the capacity of the monomer process for producing polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) at Kureha’s Iwaki facility, its primary production site and one of its largest investments.

As a binder in lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) and an engineering plastic used in industry, Kureha has prepared an expected growth scenario for their PVDF business due to PVDF’s increasing demand in the automotive market because of the accelerating drive towards a sustainable environment. Through this project, Chiyoda continues to contribute towards realizing carbon neutrality and the development of a sustainable society in line with our management philosophy of ‘Energy and Environment in Harmony’.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

McDermott, PTSC Consortium Receives Limited LOA for Block B Gas Development Project Offshore Vietnam

A consortium comprised of McDermott and Petrovietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) has received a limited letter of award from Phu Quoc Petroleum Operating Company for engineering, procurement, construction, installation (EPCI), and hook-up and commissioning (HUC) services.

Under the full project scope, the consortium will provide EPCI and HUC services for a central production platform, living quarters platform, flare tower, and bridges for the Block B gas development project off the southwest coast of Vietnam.

“This award combines our 50 years of experience executing complex EPCI projects in the region with PTSC’s technical strengths,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “Together, we will initiate this important groundwork as we finalize the full project scope and ultimately deliver another world-class project for Vietnam.”

The full project contract is expected to be executed between the parties in early 2024 with an award value of more than $1 billion.

Source: McDermott 

Aramco and ENOWA to develop first-of-its-kind e-fuel demonstration plant

Aramco, a global integrated energy and chemicals company, and ENOWA, NEOM’s energy and water company, have signed a joint development agreement to construct and establish a first-of-its-kind synthetic electro fuel (e-fuel) demonstration plant. It will be located in ENOWA’s Hydrogen Innovation and Development Center (HIDC) and aims to demonstrate technical feasibility and commercial viability by producing 35 barrels per day of low-carbon, synthetic gasoline from renewable-based hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide (CO2).

The e-fuel technology, built on a circular carbon economy approach, has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by over 70 percent on a complete life cycle basis, compared to conventional fuels. Once complete, the integrated facility will generate 12 tons of synthetic methanol per day from green hydrogen and CO2, using proprietary technologies developed by ThyssenKrupp Uhde. The synthetic methanol will then be converted into low-carbon gasoline using ExxonMobil’s Fluidized-Bed Methanol-to-Gasoline (MtG) technology.

The HIDC will also produce green hydrogen by leveraging an on-site 20-megawatt electrolyzer, powered by renewable energy sources. The innovation center being created by ENOWA will showcase the region’s vast potential to generate and use wind and solar power commercially.

Aramco has been exploring technologies for low-carbon synthetic fuels for several years. The demonstration plant in NEOM is the result of intensive research and development efforts aiming to optimize the production of synthetic fuels.  Similarly, ENOWA sees e-fuels as a critical future portfolio element of a circular carbon economy, helping to reduce emissions and validating next-generation green fuel technologies for future large-scale projects.

Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Aramco Executive Vice President of Technology & Innovation, said: “Synthetic fuels can play an important role to accelerate the decarbonization of the global vehicle fleet. We are excited to be working alongside our partners to demonstrate a potential path towards realizing this vision.”

Through a joint development agreement, NEOM will oversee the construction of the plant, while Aramco and ENOWA will jointly oversee operations and investment in relevant research programs. 

Peter Terium, ENOWA Chief Executive Officer, said: “This partnership represents another significant milestone for ENOWA. As Saudi Arabia cements its global leadership role in a circular carbon economy driven by green hydrogen, we have an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the transformative capabilities of pioneering, sustainable technologies. ENOWA is looking forward to collaborating with Aramco in the development of a state-of-the-art facility for e-fuels in NEOM, which will drive innovation and promote the economic implementation of future clean energy supplies.”

Roland Kaeppner, ENOWA Managing Director of Hydrogen and Green Fuels, said: “The project is a concrete example of the circular carbon economy in action, and an example of ENOWA’s commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s mission to rapidly scale climate action by championing scientific innovation. As one of the first anchor tenants of the HIDC, the facility is a strong demonstration of our shared ambition with Aramco to deliver front-running projects which continue to innovate on the latest technologies.”
The integrated e-fuel facility will demonstrate technical feasibility and commercial viability of a synthetic gasoline value-chain and is a flagship project that falls within Aramco’s wider research, development and demonstration efforts with low-carbon, synthetic fuels.

In 2022, Aramco announced a partnership with Formula 2 and 3 to explore the introduction of synthetic components in fuel formulation to power the motorsports feeder series. Separately, Aramco and Repsol are planning to explore the production demonstration of low-carbon synthetic diesel and jet fuel for automobiles and aircraft.
Aramco’s Transport Technologies R&D, with a presence in Paris, Detroit, Shanghai, and the headquarters in Dhahran, is advancing multiple technologies that aim to enable a more reliable, affordable, and sustainable transport future.

Source: Aramco 

Chiyoda Corporation awarded a contract from Mitsubishi Corporation to study the establishment of a CCS value chain.

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Mitsubishi Corporation (Customer) to conduct a study on CO2 liquefaction, storage, and shipping facilities, as part of the Customer’s study on establishing a carbon dioxide, capture and storage (CCS) value chain.

The Customer has been selected by the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC) for a ‘Feasibility Study on Establishing an Overseas CCS Value Chain for CO2 Emissions from Multiple Industries in the Ise Bay/Chubu Region’ under the ‘FY2023 Advanced CCS Project Implementation Study’ open call.

In Japan, the scope of the study will be the accumulation, liquefaction, storage and shipping facilities for CO2 emitted, separated and recovered from multiple industries in the Ise Bay/Chubu region. Overseas, the scope will be the unloading, liquefaction, storage and land transportation of liquefied CO2 transported from Japan to the injection point. Chiyoda will conduct technical studies on each component of the value chain from Japan to overseas.

Chiyoda are actively working to accrue valuable CCS expertise and are developing a CO2 liquefaction plant based on our strength in low-temperature gas liquefaction technology, cultivated through the construction of natural gas liquefaction plants.

As an integrated engineering company, Chiyoda are engaged in CCS projects, and the development of technologies to realize a carbon neutral society, around the world and will continue contributing to the development of a sustainable society consistent with our management philosophy of ‘Energy and Environment in Harmony’.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Fluor Awarded FEED Contract for World’s First Industrial-Scale Sodium-Ion Battery Production Facility

Fluor Corporation announced that its Advanced Technologies & Life Sciences business line has been selected by Altris AB to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the world’s first industrial-scale sodium-ion battery production facility in Sandviken, Sweden. Fluor recognized the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2023.

“This is a major step forward in battery evolution and the energy transition journey,” said Richard Meserole, president of Fluor’s Advanced Technologies & Life Sciences business line. “We are thrilled that Altris turned to Fluor to help them bring this cutting-edge technology to market that will transform manufacturing to be safer and more sustainable. It is always rewarding when we can help our clients take ideas from concept to commercialization.”

Altris is a Swedish sodium-ion battery maker that develops cathodes, electrolytes, battery cells, and the industrialization process for these products. Sodium-ion batteries are inherently safe and easy to recycle because they are mainly comprised of salt, wood, iron and air.

The project will be managed from Fluor’s Farnborough, England office. FEED completion is scheduled for early 2024.

Source:Fluor Corporation

DL E&C won a KRW 393 billion order for the modernization project of the Bucheon Cogeneration Plant

DL E&C announced that it had won an order for construction contract for the modernization project of Bucheon Cogeneration Power Plant. The total construction cost is KRW 393 billion, and the construction period is 36 months for Unit 1 and 70 months for Unit 2 from the commencement date. 

DL E&C continues to aggressively win orders in the plant sector this year. The Company’s target for winning orders in the plant sector, which was proposed at the beginning of the year, was KRW3.5 trillion, raising expectations for achieving the target. 

The purpose of this project is to modernize an old power plant, which was ordered by GS Power, the operator of Bucheon Cogeneration Plant. Bucheon Cogeneration Plant entered into commercial operation in 1993 in line with the construction of Jungdong New Town in Bucheon. As Bucheon Cogeneration Plant reaches its design life of 30 years this year, a full-scale facility replacement project is underway. Once this construction is completed, the power generation capacity will be expanded from 450MW to 1,000MW. Furthermore, building facilities to reduce the emission of pollutants such as fine dust generated during the operation of power plant will enable Bucheon Cogeneration Plant to be reborn as an eco-friendly power plant.  

DL E&C won the order for this project in recognition of its experience and knowhow in successfully carrying out various power generation projects in and out of the country. Especially, it has a track record of carrying out similar projects, including Songdo Cogeneration Plant in Incheon and Gwanggyo Cogeneration Plant in Gyeonggi-do.  

Ryu Jae-Ho, director of DL E&C’s Plant Project Division, said, “We have participated in this project because our experience in constructing various power plants has been highly recognized by the Client. We will do our best to carry out this project successfully, and to transform Bucheon Cogeneration Plant into a high-efficient and eco-friendly plant.”

Source: DL E&C

Worley has been awarded a FEED contract for the Hydrogen Project in Scotland

Worley has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the first phase of Statera’s ground-breaking 3 GW Kintore Hydrogen project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Once operational the project will be the largest renewable (green) hydrogen project in Europe. Securing Aberdeenshire’s position at the heart of the renewable hydrogen economy while providing flexible capacity and energy security to the wider UK. Work will be led by our Aberdeen office.

Kintore Hydrogen was a successful applicant in the UK government’s Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) Strand 1 competition in March 2023. Receiving funding for the FEED, planning, and consenting work for the initial 500 MW phase.

The project aims to harness surplus electricity generated by Scotland’s offshore wind resources to produce renewable hydrogen, which will play a critical role in decarbonizing power generation facilities and carbon-intensive industrial clusters across the country.

The proposed FEED study has a target completion date in 2024 and the project will be ready for a final investment decision in 2025. The full 3 GW of production is expected to be online by the 2030s.

Supporting the energy transition in the North East

The North East of Scotland has historically been a global leader in the energy sector and the local expertise and skills within the region will be vital for driving the project forward.

“Our abilities to deliver from Aberdeen were pivotal in securing this contract. The North East of Scotland is in the midst of a major transition of its own. As the region aims to become a key hub for energy transition activities to accelerate net zero ambitions,” said Graham Swan, Vice President of Onshore Energy, UNCE.

“With a strong presence in the region, we’re leveraging transferable skills and supporting the transition of our workforce from traditional energy, chemicals, and resources experts to experts in today’s low-carbon energy infrastructure and technology,” he added.

Contributing to the UK’s net zero strategy

“Kintore Hydrogen is a ground-breaking project and a key demonstration of Statera’s commitment to meeting the challenge of decarbonising the UK’s energy system and industrial sectors and, in the process, providing vital energy security. We see the North East of Scotland playing a major part in the energy transition, and this project is a real opportunity to position the region at the forefront of the growth of the green hydrogen sector. We’re delighted to be working with Worley to deliver the FEED study with excellent local talent and expertise,” said Don Harrold, Project Director at Statera Energy.

“It’s exciting to be engaged with Statera in moving forward the largest renewable hydrogen project in the UK pipeline, a critical element of the UK’s net zero strategy. We recognize the importance of getting the FEED stage right and developing a safe, robust and quality solution will be an essential component of our involvement. Every aspect of our execution approach is designed to ensure safety and optimal operations. From the FEED stage, beyond construction, and through the project’s whole lifespan,” said Swan. 

Source: Worley

Petrofac has been Awarded a New Multi-Million-Pound Deal with Saipem

Petrofac has been awarded a new multi-million-pound deal with Saipem to support the decommissioning of a platform in the UK sector of the North Sea. Under the terms of the contract, the companies will work as an integrated team to prepare and remove the 20,000-tonne topside using the Saipem 7000, one of the largest semi-submersible heavy lifting vessels in the world.

Petrofac will execute the three-year project over two phases; first the preparations onboard the platform, then on the Saipem 7000 for the actual removal campaign. The scope of Petrofac’s contract includes module separation, lift point inspection, lift point installation, riser and caisson severing.

Nick Shorten, Chief Operating Officer of Petrofac’s Asset Solutions business said:

“As our sector pursues cleaner sources of energy, decommissioning is a key enabler for the transition. Supporting Saipem and their customer, we look forward to leveraging our knowledge of North Sea operations and service provision, and 20 years of decommissioning experience to deliver a safe and predictable programme that can serve as a case study for the North Sea’s transition.”

Source: Petrofac

JERA, JGC, and the PLN signed a MOU for Joint Study Related to CCS Project

JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”), JGC Holdings Corporation (“JGC”), and the Indonesian state electricity company (“PLN”) have signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) committing to the launch of a joint study aimed at the introduction and commercialization of carbon capture and storage (CCS*) projects at thermal power plants owned by PLN subsidiaries in the Republic of Indonesia (“Indonesia”).

The government of Indonesia has established the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, so decarbonization of the electricity sector, which accounts for about 40% of the country’s CO2 emissions, is an important issue.

The MOU stipulates that the three companies will consider the introduction of CCS at the Indramayu Coal-Fired Power Plant and the Tambak Lorok Gas-Fired Power Plant, both owned by PLN subsidiaries, studying their potential as CCS projects by evaluating technical issues and business feasibility, investigating legal regulations, and identifying issues. JERA has overall responsibility for the joint study and will conduct market research related to CCS projects, evaluate feasibility, and research the legal system, while JGC will consider CCS storage technologies and estimate costs. PLN will provide data related to the power plants where the introduction of CCS is being considered and coordinate with related local organizations.

Furthermore, the study was selected for, and will be subsidized through, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s “Feasibility Study Project for Overseas Development of HighQuality Energy Infrastructure (Projects to Study the Promotion of Overseas Infrastructure Development by Japanese Corporations)” for fiscal 2023 (2 August 2023 METI press release).

JERA has been working to support Indonesia’s energy transition, carrying out studies and providing other support aimed at drawing up a decarbonization roadmap for the country’s power sector (25 November 2021 press release). As a global company providing cuttingedge solutions to the world’s energy issues, JERA contributes to healthy growth and development in Indonesia, Asia which includes e.g. Viet Nam, Philippine, Bangladesh and Thailand, and the world by offering a platform for supplying clean energy through a combination of renewable energy and low-carbon thermal power.

The JGC Group is working toward the commercialization of CCS in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and other countries in Southeast Asia. Based on the group’s wealth of experience in constructing CCS facilities, in its medium-term business plan Building a Sustainable Planetary Infrastructure 2025 JGC has committed to expand its business in the energy transition field, including CCS, and will contribute to achieving a decarbonized society and promoting a circular economy by offering a wide range of solutions.

PLN, a state-owned electricity company, plays a crucial and predominant role in ensuring a stable power supply for all of Indonesia. As the Indonesian government stated to achieve net zero emission by 2060, PLN has also announced enhancement of net zero emission and low carbon emission fuel business.

Source: JGC

Chiyoda Awarded EPC Contracts for Two Large-scale Battery Energy Storage Facilities

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) has announced that it is currently in the construction phase of two large-scale battery energy storage Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) facilities for ENEOS CORPORATION at their Muroran Plant in Hokkaido and Osaka International Refining Co. Ltd (part of ENEOS Group) refinery in Ichihara, Chiba.

Battery energy storage is required in Japan to address electrical power output fluctuations destabilizing the supply and demand balance, and expand the use of renewable energy towards the realization of a decarbonized society.

Chiyoda‘s project management capabilities, design optimization experience using equipment safety assessment methods and experience in previously constructing one of the world’s largest battery energy storage facilities in Hokkaido were key factors for the award of the contracts.

Chiyoda are an integrated engineering company engaged in EPC projects around the world and, through ongoing development of proprietary technologies, will continue contributing to the realization of a sustainable society in line with our purpose of ‘Enriching Society through Engineering Value’.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Lamprell Awarded Two EPCI Contract Within GCC

Lamprell has announce that it has been awarded two Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contracts earlier in 2023 to be delivered within the GCC.

The scope of work for the large and very large contracts consists of a total of six offshore jackets, three offshore production decks, and associated pipeline and subsea cables.

Lamprell CEO Ian Prescott said: “We are delighted to have received two EPCI contract awards recently. Our business development team has been working closely with our client over the past few months to secure these awards. Following the steel-cutting ceremonies for each project, our operations team in Hamriyah has kicked off fabrication, and work is well underway.”

Source: Lamprell

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

The WET business has secured an Engineering, Procurement and Construction order from the Public Health Engineering Department, Rajasthan to construct a Water Supply Project for 648 villages of the District of Chittorgarh from the Chambal River under the Jal Jeevan Mission (Package-I)

The scope of the project includes Intake Structures, 3 Water Treatment Plants of aggregate capacity 175 MLD, Transmission and Distribution pipelines of 1800 Km, 13 Clear water reservoirs of aggregate capacity 21600 KL, 13 Pump House, 31 Over Head Service Reservoirs of aggregate capacity 4850 KL and 22,000 Functional Household Tap Connections along with associated Electromechanical & Instrumentation Works. The project also includes automation and SCADA work including Operation & Maintenance for 10 Years.

The business has also secured an order from the Guwahati Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Assam for Construction & Commissioning of balance works of 107 MLD Capacity South Guwahati West Water Supply Project. The scope of work includes 84 Kms of DI pipeline, 3 Kms of MS Pipeline, 4 pre-settling tanks along with associated electrical, mechanical & instrumentation works for existing WTP. The project will cater to the water demands of the western part of South Guwahati city.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Aramco assesses possible investment in Shandong Yulong Petrochemical

Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemical companies, Nanshan Group Co., Ltd., Shandong Energy Group Co., Ltd., and Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co., Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to facilitate discussions relating to the possible acquisition by Aramco of a 10% strategic equity interest in Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (“Shandong Yulong”), subject to due diligence, negotiation of transaction documents and required regulatory clearance. 

Shandong Yulong is currently in the process of completing the construction of a refining and petrochemicals complex that is designed to process around 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and produce a large volume of petrochemicals and derivatives. The facilities are located at Longkou, Yantai City, in China’s Shandong Province. As outlined in the MoU, Aramco would potentially supply Shandong Yulong with crude oil and other feedstock. 

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco Downstream President, said: “As one of China’s largest refining and chemical centers, Aramco values Shandong for its current strength and future prospects. We believe this collaboration has potential to enable all parties to contribute to China’s energy security and development, and aid in navigating the energy transition. With Aramco’s long track record as a reliable supplier of energy to China, and the expertise and commitment of Shandong Province, we envision a prosperous future together.”

The MoU signing follows last month’s announcement that Aramco had signed a cooperation framework agreement with Jiangsu Eastern Shenghong Co., Ltd., (“Eastern Shenghong”) to also facilitate discussions relating to the possible acquisition by Aramco of a 10% strategic equity interest in Jiangsu Shenghong Petrochemical Industry Group Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastern Shenghong, subject to due diligence, negotiation of transaction documents and required regulatory clearance. 

Source: Aramco

Wood and OMV sign collaboration agreement for plastic recycling technology

Wood has signed a collaboration agreement with OMV for the commercial licensing of its innovative plastic recycling technology, ReOil. This agreement will support significant advancements in chemical-based plastic recycling, helping to build a circular economy solution for end-of-life plastics that would otherwise be sent to landfill or waste incineration.

OMV, the integrated energy, fuels & feedstock and chemicals & materials company, developed the proprietary ReOil technology to convert plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, a valuable resource primarily used to produce high-performing and sustainable plastics. ReOil offers an innovative solution to support the growth of plastic recycling – it is estimated that around 60% of plastics production will come from recycled feedstock by 2050.

Under the agreement, Wood and OMV will bring ReOil jointly to the market, combining Wood’s proprietary heater technology with OMV’s chemical recycling process. The companies have established a combined technology and engineering delivery team to support clients with the implementation of ReOil at their sites. In addition, Wood will work with ReOil licensees to provide full asset lifecycle support globally.

Craig Shanaghey, Wood’s Executive President of Projects, said: “Building on our excellent long-term relationship with OMV, we are excited to formally partner on the ReOil technology. ReOil is a proven solution to the complex problem of plastic waste and aligns with Wood’s strategic priorities to design a more sustainable future. We look forward to working with OMV to deploy this technology at scale.”

Daniela Vlad, Executive Vice President Chemicals & Materials at OMV, said: “We are delighted to enter this long-term relationship with Wood to provide a licensing offer which will further enable global licensees to make use of future circular economy solutions. This is in line with our strategic priorities to establish OMV as a leader in renewable and circular economy solutions and diversify our portfolio by entering adjacent products and business areas.”

A ReOil pilot plant has been operating in the OMV refinery in Schwechat, Austria since 2018 and has processed end-of-life plastics for more than 22,000 hours to date. A 16,000 tons per year ReOil plant is currently in construction at the same site and Wood is working with OMV on the development of an industrial-scale plant with a capacity of 200,000 tons per year.

This collaboration agreement follows a respective Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between Wood and OMV in November 2022.

Source: Wood 

Kent awarded PMC contract by RAKGAS for New Gas Pipeline

Signed at ADIPEC and as a part of its strategic development for a new gas pipeline, RAKGAS appoints Kent as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for a new pipeline in the Northern Emirates. The pipeline will stretch from Taweelah Fujairah Pipeline to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), with a connection to the Sajaa gas storage in Sharjah.

Kent will be responsible for coordinating efforts between RAKGAS and the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study contractor, ensuring that the project’s progression remains on target and aligned with its planned objectives.

RAKGAS CEO, Chris Wood stated, “Collaborating with Kent on this project is a testament to our vision for sustainable energy supply in the region. Their expertise and experience in the UAE will steer this project to success, ensuring we deliver on our commitments for energy security in Ras Al Khaimah.”

Tush Doshi, Chief Operating Officer at Kent, added, “We are proud to partner with RAKGAS on this project, allowing us to bring our world-class PMC delivery expertise to the Northern Emirates. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with RAKGAS, as we ensure a continuous and seamless execution across leading energy projects in the region.”

This new partnership highlights Kent’s and RAKGAS’s proactive approach to addressing the region’s energy needs, reaffirming their commitment to sustainable energy solutions for the future.

Source: Kent

Petrofac has been awarded an EPC contract by ADNOC Gas for its Habshan CCUS Project

Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the energy industry, has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by ADNOC Gas for its Habshan Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project, one of the largest carbon capture projects in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The contract is valued at more than US$600 million and involves the delivery of carbon capture units, associated pipeline infrastructure and a network of wells for carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery and injection. Located at the Habshan gas processing plant, 150 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi, the project is part of ADNOC’s accelerated decarbonisation plan.

Tareq Kawash, Petrofac‘s Group Chief Executive, said: “By accelerating plans to make energy cleaner, the UAE is investing in its future. We look forward to combining our CCUS expertise and UAE project delivery experience to support ADNOC Gas in delivering on their decarbonisation plans, maximising energy output while minimising emissions, and helping to support the UAE’s energy transition.”

Elie Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer, Petrofac Engineering & Construction, commented: “Petrofac is committed to supporting ADNOC Gas in delivering lower-carbon growth. We have over 30 years’ experience of successful delivery here in the UAE and continue to put In-Country Value at the centre of our operations, utilising the local supply chain, developing capabilities and creating new opportunities for UAE Nationals.”

Source: Petrofac 

Technip Energies Awarded EPsCm Contract for Sines Refinery in Portugal

Technip Energies has been awarded Engineering, Procurement Services and Construction Management (EPsCm) contracts by Galp for an advanced biofuels unit and a green hydrogen unit for its Sines refinery in Portugal. Both projects are part of Galp’s program to reduce the carbon footprint of the refinery and its products.

The Advanced Biofuels Unit, promoted by the joint venture of Galp (75%) and Mitsui (25%), will have a 270 ktpa capacity and will produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from bio-feedstock and waste residues and will allow Galp to avoid c. 800 ktpa of greenhouse gas emissions. For this unit, Technip Energies will work in consortium with Technoedif Engenharia, a large engineering firm in Portugal, to complete the EPsCm project.

The Green Hydrogen Unit, composed of a 100 MW electrolysis plant, will produce up to 15 ktpa of renewable hydrogen, using proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers which will be supplied by Plug Power. This unit will allow the replacement of c. 20% of the existing grey hydrogen consumption of Sines refinery and will lead to greenhouse gas emissions reduction of c. 110 ktpa.

Both units represent a gross investment estimated at €650 million and will transform the Sines refinery into one of the most important low-carbon platforms in Portugal.

Marco Villa, Chief Operating Officer of Technip Energies, commented: “The Final Investment Decision for these two important projects is a major step taken by Galp to transform the refining industry in Portugal. Technip Energies, who has been supporting Galp strategy since the early phases of those two projects, is now delighted to be selected as a partner for the execution phase of both. This investment is another example of how Technip Energies enables the decarbonization of the energy industry through collaboration, innovation and technology integration”.

Source: Technip Energies

Saipem Awarded $4.1 billion Contract for Hail and Ghasha Development Project

Saipem, in consortium with National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), has signed a letter of award with ADNOC for a new contract related to the Hail and Ghasha Development Project – Package 1 in the United Arab Emirates. Saipem’s share of the contract amounts to around 4.1 billion USD. 

The project is aimed at developing the resources of the Hail and Ghasha natural gas fields, located offshore Abu Dhabi, UAE. The project scope of work encompasses the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of four drilling centres and one processing plant to be built on artificial islands, as well as various offshore structures and more than 300 km of subsea pipelines.

The award is in line with Saipem’s unique capability to deliver integrated onshore and offshore projects, providing its clients with a single and reliable interface for complex full-field developments. Saipem will leverage on its state-of-the-art shallow water offshore vessels, its advanced welding technology for corrosion resistant materials, as well as its renowned engineering expertise. Furthermore, Saipem will work with ADNOC to continue the project’s focus on biodiversity and responsible environmental stewardship.

This award reinforces Saipem’s long-standing relationship with ADNOC and further consolidates the company’s presence in Abu Dhabi, which includes an Engineering and Project Execution Centre, as well as a new Offshore Logistic base in Zayed Port.

Source: Saipem

MAIRE awarded $8.7 billion contract by ADNOC for the the HAIL and GHASHA development project

MAIRE announced that Tecnimont a part of the Integrated E&C Solutions business unit, signed a Letter of Award with ADNOC for the onshore processing plant of the Hail and Ghasha Development Project. The award was signed at ADIPEC, the world’s largest energy summit.

The Hail and Ghasha project is aimed to operate with net zero CO2 emissions, in part due to the facility’s CO2 carbon capture and recovery units, which will allow the capture and storage of CO2.

The overall EPC contract value is approximately USD 8.7 billion and project completion is expected during 2028. The scope of work includes two gas processing units, three sulphur recovery sections, the associated utilities and offsites as well as export pipelines. Tecnimont will also leverage the competences of MAIRE’s Sustainable Technology Solutions division to develop innovative digital solutions aimed at reducing emissions and optimizing energy consumption, allowing a significant efficiency of the plant in terms of opex and capex.

The engineering and procurement activities will be executed by several dedicated teams in Europe, India and the UAE, under the central coordination of MAIRE’s Milan headquarters. In particular, MAIRE’s UAE procurement hub will ensure the maximization of the local suppliers’ involvement, aimed at providing significant value to the local economy.

MAIRE has been active in the UAE since the late ‘90s, with several strategic projects in the Country for an overall total value of approximately USD 17 billion, starting from the first polyolefin plant completed in 2001 (Borouge 1). Additionally, the Group can leverage on a world class track record and experience in delivering large gas treatment plants and sulphur recovery projects.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE Group CEO, commented: “Today we have been awarded the largest contract ever for the MAIRE Group, a multi-billion-dollar project which will significantly boost the delivery of our 10-year strategic plan. We are honored to have achieved this great result with a leading global player such as ADNOC, as it represents further evidence of the strength of our long-lasting and fruitful relationship. This award, a landmark recognition of Made in Italy Engineering, is a demonstration not only of our leadership in sulphur recovery and in gas treatment plants but, more broadly, of our undisputed execution capabilities as well as our technological expertise in designing carbon-free industrial solutions.”

Source: Maire Tecnimont

The TFT Group signs an EPC contract with the National Petroleum Works Company (ENGTP)

The TFT Group, made up of SONATRACH and its partner TotalEnergies, on the one hand and the National Petroleum Works Company (ENGTP), on the other hand, signed an Engineering, Procurement & Construction contract ( EPC).

This contract concerns work to extend the TFT II collection network, for the connection and production of eleven (11) new wells to the existing processing center at the TFT gas field, located in the Illizi basin, approximately 400 km southeast of Hassi Messaoud.

The services of this EPC contract include, in particular, detailed engineering studies, the supply of equipment and materials, the creation of the collection network and flowlines and the construction of the surface installations of the associated wells.

Amounting 8 billion Dinars, this EPC contract, the completion of which will take place within 24 months, should enable the TFT Group to achieve gas production of around 9 million m3/d in a first phase.


Samsung Engineering receives FEED contract for Saudi Petrochemical Project

Samsung Engineering, a world leading engineering solutions and project management company, announced that it received the NoA(Notice of Award) for the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) contract of a PDH, PP, UTOS plant from Alujain National Industrial Co.(LNIC) in Saudi Arabia. The contract amount is USD 19.428 million and the FEED work is expected to be carried out in Samsung Engineering’s offices in Seoul, Korea until May 2024.

This project will take place at the Yanbu Industrial Complex in Medina Province, western Saudi Arabia. This project is to carry out basic design for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant with an annual capacity of 600,000 tons, a polypropylene (PP) plant with an annual capacity of 500,000 tons, and Utilities & Offsite (UTOS) required for the plant.

Samsung Engineering said the key to winning this work was its extensive experience in the PDH, PP field and its competitiveness in the FEED engineering technology market. Alujain has expressed its confidence in Samsung Engineering by awarding FEED after previously awarding Samsung Engineering with the Pre-FEED contract. Samsung Engineering plans to successfully carry out and execute this FEED project and has expressed its intent to win the EPC contract once it is released in mid-2024.

The regional experience in Saudi Arabia is also one part where Samsung Engineering is confident that it will lead to the success of this project. Samsung Engineering executed 32 projects in Saudi Arabia, five of those were PDH, PP projects. In addition, Samsung Engineering expects that it will be able to actively utilize the existing infrastructure and know-how in the region having successfully completed the Luberef lube base oil plant in Yanbu, where this project will be executed.

Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of Samsung Engineering said, “As we are proceeding from the initial Pre-Feed stage to the FEED stage of the project, we are applying all of Samsung Engineering’s innovative technologies.” Further, he added, “Samsung Engineering created a solid business model through its successful implementation of linking FEED to EPC orders, therefore creating another success story for its ‘FEED to EPC’ strategy.”

Source: Samsung Engineering

KBR Awarded EPCm Contract for Pluto LNG Project

KBR announced that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract by Woodside Energy, as operator for and on behalf of the Pluto Joint Venture.  

Under the contract, KBR will undertake modifications to Train 1 of Woodside’s Pluto LNG facility, located near Karratha, Western Australia. The modifications will enable the processing of up to three million tonnes per annum of Scarborough gas through Train 1.  

KBR is pleased to support Woodside in the modification of the Pluto Train 1 LNG facility to enable processing of Scarborough gas, and in turn provide opportunity to extend the life of the plant,” said Jay Ibrahim, President – Sustainable Technology Solutions. “KBR is committed to helping its clients navigate the energy transition, which includes gas as a key part of the energy mix. We are also excited to focus on engaging local and Indigenous businesses to support the project and proud to be creating jobs and opportunities within Western Australia.” 

KBR has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, developing and supporting cryogenic liquefied natural gas facilities. This deep domain knowledge makes KBR ideally suited to provide high end engineering and project management services to support this project. 

Source: KBR 

Worley Awarded FEED Contract for QatarEnergy’s LNG Project in Ras Laffan

Worley providing front-end engineering design (FEED) services for QatarEnergy LNG’s CO2 sequestration project in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

Our team will develop the FEED study and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) scope of work. The project will be carried out by our teams in Qatar and Australia and is set for completion in 2024.

Once completed the sequestration facility will be capable of capturing 4.3 million tonnes of CO2 every year. Helping to further reduce QatarEnergy LNG’s environmental impact across the LNG value chain by reducing emissions from its seven LNG trains at QG North and three LNG trains at QG South.

CO2 will be captured from the trains, compressed, and injected into the new injection wells. New compression trains and pipelines need to be installed after FEED is completed.

Source: Worley

MAIRE and MACQUARIE signed an MOU for energy transition projects in Europe

MAIRE S.p.A. announces that its project development subsidiary, MET Development (“MetDev”), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Macquarie Capital (part of Macquarie Group) to set-up a new platform aimed at developing, constructing, and operating energy transition projects in Italy and across Europe.

Both companies have agreed to work together towards launching the platform, which is intended to act through a newly incorporated holding company controlled by Macquarie Capital (80%) and participated by MetDev (20%). The new company would combine MAIRE’s ability to deliver complex projects in the energy transition, relying upon its technologies, engineering and project development capabilities, with Macquarie Capital’s specialist sectoral expertise. Macquarie Group is a leading investor and advisor in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. With more than 100 GW of renewable energy projects, it has a strong track record of working with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to support and scale energy transition solutions.

This new platform would significantly boost the implementation of MAIRE’s ten-year growth plan leveraging its integrated approach combining the offer of technologies through its Sustainable Technology Solutions arm, NextChem, together with its Integrated E&C Solutions world-class capabilities, in addition to its expertise in project development.

The platform is expected to focus on key sectors ranging from the chemical recycling of waste to produce sustainable fuels and hydrogen, to all green or low carbon hydrogen and captured CO2 solutions, including fertilizers.

Projects are likely to be based on a non-recourse capital structure, relying upon secured long-term supply contracts and offtake agreements, with MAIRE to act as technology provider and E&C contractor, leveraging Macquarie Capital’s expertise in developing, financing and managing infrastructure and energy assets.

Alessandro Bernini, CEO of MAIRE Group, commented: “We are excited to start this collaboration with Macquarie Group, enabling to start the engines of several energy transition projects across Europe. This is a further recognition of MAIRE’s forefront position in supporting the transformation of the energy system, thanks to our know-how in sustainable technology solutions and our project development expertise, as envisaged in our ten-year growth plan.”

Roberto Purcaro, Global Head of Complex Opportunities and Head of Macquarie Capital Italy, said: “This partnership is an example of how leading players in their respective fields can work together to develop new approaches to accelerate the energy transition. We are excited to begin working with MAIRE to create practical climate solutions that will support the decarbonization of both the Italian and European economies.”

Source: MAIRE S.p.A.

McDermott Awarded Contract for Wahoo field by PRIO

McDermott has been awarded a transportation and installation contract by PRIO (former PetroRio) for the Wahoo field, offshore Brazil.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will perform the transportation and installation of approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) of coated 10-inch rigid pipelines and associated subsea structures. Once installed, the pipelines will connect the Wahoo field to the Frade floating production storage and offloading unit. The contract also includes an extension option for a second pipeline.

“This award is a reflection of our offshore installation expertise in the region,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott‘s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “Our proven track record in subsea installations, state-of-the-art vessels, technical expertise, and collaborative approach positions us well for the successful delivery of this project.”

The Wahoo field is located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of the already-producing Frade field in Brazil’s Campos basin.

McDermott’s team in Rio de Janeiro will oversee project management and engineering. The installation activities will be performed by one of McDermott’s rigid pipelay vessels.

Source: McDermott 


Drilling waste management specialist TWMA has secured a long-term contract with Equinor.

The 10-year agreement, including options, allows TWMA to extend its global drilling waste management services to Equinor’s operations, allowing the company to process its drilling waste safely and sustainably.

The contract is inclusive of five scopes of work, including bulk transfer, slop treatment, swarf treatment, skip and ship and TWMA’s award-winning offshore processing technology, the RotoMill®.

Jan Thore Eia, TWMA business development manager in Norway, said: “Our collaboration with Equinor marks a significant milestone for TWMA. This collaboration is a testament to our expertise in providing innovative and sustainable drilling waste management solutions. We look forward to delivering these solutions to Equinor and supporting drilling operations in Norway.”

This award follows a stream of success for TWMA in Norway. TWMA has supplied integrated drilling waste management services for several field development projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Halle Aslaksen, TWMA CEO, said: “This contract underlines the impressive growth we have witnessed across our Norwegian operations. We are dedicated to delivering the best environmental practices in drilling operations and I look forward to developing our relationship in the coming years.

“Our technology originated in Norway, so we have always held a deep connection there and we believe it is a market which boasts incredible growth opportunities for waste management solutions. By securing this contract, we are continuing to make a positive impact on the environmental footprint associated with Norway’s oil and gas production.

“Effective and efficient drilling waste management is critical to the success of offshore drilling operations – not only in terms of environmental impact but in ensuring that drilling campaigns remain on schedule.”

Source: TWMA