SLB OneSubsea and Subsea7 Awarded Integrated Contract for OKEA’s North Sea Bestla Project

SLB has announced the award of a sizeable integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract by OKEA to its OneSubsea™ joint venture and Subsea7. The contract will see the partnership develop the Bestla (formerly known as Brasse) Project in the North Sea, offshore Norway, specifically to accelerate the subsea tieback delivery to aging platforms for profitable and sustainable marginal field development.

The two-well project, with a 13-km tieback to the Brage Platform, isthe latest to be signed under the frame agreement signed with OKEA in2017 and furthers SLB OneSubsea and Subsea7’s partnership under itsSubsea Integration Alliance.

Early engagement and collaborative field development planningcombined with North Sea compliant configurable equipment will becritical for enabling profitable and sustainable marginal fielddevelopment. SLB OneSubsea will deliver the subsea production systemwhich will include two subsea trees, a two-slot template, an umbilical,and a control system. Subsea7 will install the subsea production systemand design and install the flowline systems, spools, and protectionmeasures, including rock installation.

“We enjoy a long, productive relationship with OKEA, building uponthe successful execution of the Hasselmus development, the first projectunder our Alliance frame agreement, which was delivered on time and onbudget in October 2023,” said Mads Hjelmeland, CEO of SLB OneSubsea.“Reaching this point has been driven by outstanding collaboration acrossall partners. Our ongoing partnership has enabled us to work togetherto simplify the field layout and secure long lead items and vesselcapacity, which will bring the new wells online quickly andefficiently.”

Bestla was discovered in 2016 but today’s solution proposed by SubseaIntegration Alliance represents the first commercially viable fielddevelopment plan submitted for the Brasse development. The solution iscompliant with NCS2017+ for standardized subsea production systemstailored for application in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and theAlliance will support the local economy by commissioning fabrication andmanufacturing from partners in Norway.

The field is estimated to contain 24 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which two-thirds is oil and the remaining one-third is gas and natural gas liquids. First oil is targeted for Q4 2026.

Source: Slb

Bluewater Bio wins £33M EPC Contract in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio has further enhanced its upgrade of the North Sitra wastewater treatment works, valued at £33 million. This follows previous significant upgrades that are now treating over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Continually recognized by external parties as the fastest growing water technology company in Europe over the years, expansion in the Middle East is an important aspect to their growth strategy.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. In attendance were senior representatives from both UK and Bahraini Governments.

Bluewater Bio will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier, through the provision of their advanced treatment technologies, HYBACS® and FilterClear®. As the result of population and industrial expansion, additional and enhanced treatment capacity is required to continue to produce treated water suitable for reuse.

Contract duration will be 24 months and, once completed, the works will have a new capacity of 30 MLD, doubling the current volume.

The project marks the company’s fifth significant contract with the Ministry of Works. The quality, performance and reliability of these projects continue to exceed the expectations of the client, whilst maintaining the highest standards of health & safety, both domestically and internationally.

Richard Haddon, Executive Chairman & CEO of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We have been working to support Bahrain in achieving their ambitious National Water Strategy 2030. We have excellent references in the Kingdom that is enabling further growth across the GCC”

Alastair Long, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, added: “Bluewater Bio have built an excellent relationship in Bahrain and are a well-respected provider of water technologies. I am delighted that they continue to grow in the region and as such, enhance the UK business brand.”

In common with other Gulf states, most potable water is derived from seawater desalination. Consequently, the cost of this water and its embedded energy is high, and supply is limited. To make the best use of this expensive potable resource, it is common practice across the Middle East to reuse wastewater, after filtration and chlorination, for applications such as irrigation and industrial non-potable uses.

Richard Haddon concluded: “I am delighted that our growth strategy is working in the key geographies identified when we started this journey together. Working closely with our clients and producing excellent results, both on time and to budget, is building trust and certainty into these relationships.”  

Source: Bluewater Bio

Kent secures FEED contract for UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Project with Fulcrum BioEnergy

Kent has announced that it has been awarded the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) contract for a groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by Fulcrum BioEnergy. Fulcrum’s NorthPoint project is designed to convert approximately 600,000 tonnes of pre-processed waste into 100 million litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a prominent US-based clean energy company, has chosen Kent for this crucial project. With a focus on developing projects to produce net-zero transport fuels from waste, Fulcrum has successfully built its first plant in the United States and is now expanding internationally, making its first commercial-scale venture in the UK.

Kent’s involvement builds upon its prior collaboration with Fulcrum, where the company provided valuable study work in the UK. The project has received a significant boost with the allocation of a UK Government Grant under the Advanced Fuels Fund (AFF).

The scope of Kent’s responsibilities encompasses engineering services, cost-estimating, identification of long lead procurement items, managing multiple licensors, and execution planning. This comprehensive approach is designed to support tendering for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and ultimately pave the way for the project to achieve financial investment decision (FID). The physical scope includes process plant units, utilities, third-party connections, and the waste feedstock receipt facility.

Source: Kent

SLB OneSubsea & Subsea7 Signs Long-Term Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Equinor

SLB has has announced that it has signed a new long-term strategic collaboration agreement between Equinor ASA and the Subsea Integration Alliance (which comprises OneSubsea™ and Subsea7). The agreement paves the way for exploratory work to begin on two projects: the Wisting field offshore Norway and Bay Du Nord, off Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The agreement, which was signed in Stavanger, Norway, represents an innovative, integrated way of working. It enables early information sharing, technology innovation and other collaborative benefits critical to unlocking more subsea projects by making them economically viable. Building on their experience as members of the Subsea Integration Alliance, this agreement also further cements OneSubsea and Subsea7’s positions as trusted contractors to Equinor.

“Equinor is working hard to improve and mature the Wisting and Bay du Nord projects. Selecting the supplier at this early stage, is a new way of approaching project development for us, and a vote of confidence to Subsea Integration Alliance. We look forward to develop concepts together, in a process with full visibility on profitability, and joint efforts to make these challenging projects sanctionable,” says Trond Bokn, senior vice president for Project development in Equinor.

“Equinor has long been a crucial customer to our business and to the Alliance. We couldn’t be more proud to be embarking on this collaboration,” said Mads Hjelmeland, CEO of OneSubsea. “Today’s agreement underlines the trusted relationship that we have built over many years and enables us to take our collaboration further by sharing and aligning on goals and values, improving performance and learnings across projects, and unlocking new opportunities to enhance safety, risk management and sustainability results.”

John Evans, CEO of Subsea7 said: “Subsea7 has been collaborating with Equinor for many years to optimize challenging subsea developments ranging from bundle solutions for the Snorre Expansion to the integrated Bacalhau development in Brazil. We look forward to extending and deepening this relationship as we work together to unlock the value in Wisting and Bay du Nord.”

The agreement paves the way for collaboration to begin immediately on early, joint concept studies for two major projects. Under the same agreement, any resulting EPCI execution would be directly awarded to the alliance, if a final investment decision (FID) is made.

Wisting is located in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway. Bay Du Nord is approximately 500 km northeast of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Bringing together the expertise, experience and capabilities of Equinor, OneSubsea and Subsea7 has enabled further exploratory work across both projects, with the potential for additional opportunities to be unlocked in the short- to medium-term.

Source: Onesubsea

Aker Solutions Awarded an EPCIC Contract for the Mongstad Refinery Upgrade Project

Aker Solutions has been awarded a substantial EPCIC-contract by Equinor to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant facilities and lower the environmental impact of the Mongstad refinery on the west coast of Norway. 

he Mongstad refinery, situated 70 km north of Bergen, is closely integrated with an oil-terminal connected to multiple oilfields in the North Sea. It also interfaces with crude tankers that are docked at the port. The refinery has wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) facilities that are designed to treat water from the refinery, offsite sources and the oil terminal.  

Mongstad plays an important role in the distribution of Norwegian oil and gas, with a long production horizon ahead.   

“Equinor’s goal is to reduce emissions significantly from the Mongstad refinery. This matches our aim to enable our customers to increase efficiency and minimize emissions in their operations, and ensure safe and responsible production”, said Paal Eikeseth, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ Life Cycle segment.  

Aker Solutions will be in charge of project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation work, and commissioning in an EPCIC contract.   

Our engineering office in Bergen will be the main location for project management, engineering, and procurement work. In addition, Aker Solutions’ Mumbai office will be involved in engineering. Prefabrication and assembly work will be done from the Egersund yard, while the Stord yard will be responsible for providing construction personnel to the Mongstad site. The project will employ over 500 employees at its peak.  

Aker Solutions previously announced another contract award by Equinor to conduct a feasibility study for its Mongstad Industrial Transformation project.  

The project will start right away and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2026.  

The contract will be booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2024 in the Life Cycle segment. 

Source: Aker Solutions

Wood awarded North Sea decarbonisation project for TotalEnergies

Wood has been awarded a new decarbonisation contract by TotalEnergies (TEPUK) to support flare gas recovery in the North Sea.

The 23-month contract, part of the Elgin-Franklin Flare Gas Recovery System Project, follows Wood’s successful completion of a field study and front-end engineering design (FEED) and includes the coordination of operations, procurement and design aspects for the Elgin asset.

Led by Wood’s team in Aberdeen, this contract will see the company create 40 new positions on and offshore.

This project forms part of TEPUK’s Carbon Footprint Reduction roadmap and will redirect gas that would have previously been flared through a new compressor system offshore to be treated and then reused.

Martin Simmonite, Senior Vice President for UK Operations at Wood, said: “We are delighted to work with TEPUK, supporting the delivery of this decarbonisation initiative and providing end-to-end project lifecycle solutions. Wood is committed to delivering sustainable solutions that contribute to a low carbon future and our teams are well positioned to support TEPUK as they execute their ambitious action plan to reduce emissions across their operations.”

Wood has worked with TotalEnergies for over 20 years, supporting a variety of projects and contracts globally. The Elgin-Franklin field is a series of high pressure, high temperature gas reservoirs, located in the Central North Sea. The field is operated by TotalEnergies, with ENI, Harbour Energy, Ithaca Energy, NEO Energy and ONE-Dyas holding non-operated interests.

Source: Woodplc

Aramco and Rongsheng explore new opportunities in KSA and China

Aramco is exploring the formation of a joint venture in the Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (“SASREF”) with Chinese partner Rongsheng Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (“Rongsheng”) and significant investments in the Saudi and Chinese petrochemical sectors, in partnership with Rongsheng.

The Company recently signed a cooperation framework agreement that envisions Rongsheng’s potential acquisition of a 50% stake in SASREF. The agreement also lays the groundwork for the development of a liquids-to-chemicals expansion project at SASREF, in addition to Aramco’s potential acquisition of a 50% stake in Rongsheng affiliate Ningbo Zhongjin Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (ZJPC) and participation in ZJPC’s expansion project.

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco Downstream President, said: “These discussions highlight our ambition to advance our liquids-to-chemicals strategy with strategic partner Rongsheng, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China. In building on our existing relationship, we aim to advance our expansion in a key geography and attract new investment to the Saudi downstream sector.” 

In July 2023, Aramco acquired a 10% interest in Rongsheng through its subsidiary Aramco Overseas Company BV, based in the Netherlands. Rongsheng in turn owns a 100% equity interest in ZJPC, which operates an aromatics production complex and has an interest in a joint venture that produces purified terephthalic acid. 

Source: Aramco

Wood to Develop Major Expansion of Antofagasta’s Nueva Centinela Copper Mine Project

Wood has been awarded a contract by Antofagasta Minerals S.A (AMSA) for its Nueva Centinela copper project. Located in the Antofagasta region of Chile, the contract will see Wood support AMSA in expanding the Esperanza Sur pit.

Wood has been appointed as the strategic partner for project execution and will work together with AMSA to deliver all key aspects of the project. This will include managing the construction of a new concentrating plant, ore crushing facility, conveyor transportation systems, sea water pipeline, tailing disposal and facility expansions as well as other necessary infrastructure at the Centinela port. The project forms part of AMSA’s $4.4 billion investment into the Minera Centinela facility and will support the world’s increased demand for copper – largely driven by the energy transition and the global move towards electrification.

The project will position Centinela to become one of the top 15 copper mines in the world by output, producing an additional 170,000 copper equivalent tonnes per annum – enough copper to build over two million electric cars. First production is expected in 2027 with work commencing in May 2024.

Jim Shaughnessy, Wood’s President of Minerals, Metals and Life Sciences, said: “Copper has a pivotal role to play in our energy transition. As the world continues to build more sustainable energy systems, a safe and secure supply of energy transition materials is critical. We’re proud to build on our existing relationship with AMSA and support increased production to meet surging demand for copper.

“This award underlines the strength of our mineral processing capability and experience of delivering end-to-end EPCm services for complex, large-scale projects.”

The near three-year project will be supported by around 130 Wood employees with the company planning to hire around 50 new positions immediately as a result of the award.  The majority of these will be on-site, with the remainder at Wood’s Santiago office.

Source: WoodPlc

Baker Hughes Awarded Significant Gas Technology Scope for Phase 3 of Saudi Arabia’s Master Gas System

Baker Hughes announced that it has received an order by Worley, for and on behalf of Aramco, to supply gas technology equipment for the third phase of Saudi Arabia’s Master Gas System project. The award was booked in the first quarter of 2024.

Baker Hughes will supply 17 pipeline centrifugal compressors driven by state-of-the-art aeroderivative gas turbines for Aramco’s project. The new 4,000-km pipeline is vital to the Kingdom’s energy transition, with expectations to increase domestic gas distribution and contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions and oil consumption. The order follows the delivery of 18 of Baker Hughes centrifugal compressors driven by aeroderivative gas turbines for Phase 1 and 2 of the Master Gas System projects executed by Baker Hughes.

“For over 30 years, Baker Hughes has been a trusted partner in natural gas operations, and our long-standing partnership with Aramco is helping to reduce emissions by transitioning to gas,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “Baker Hughes solutions are advancing the efficient use of natural gas, and we are proud to be delivering a reliable system to transport and distribute gas across Saudi Arabia.”

Baker Hughes is also investing in expanding its manufacturing site in Modon, Saudi Arabia. In addition to doubling the capacity of its workforce, the upgraded site will further support the delivery of projects in the country, including MGS3, with localized testing and packaging solutions. In February, Baker Hughes announced the delivery of the first two trains of advanced hydrogen compression solutions for the NEOM green hydrogen project in the Kingdom, the largest such project in the world.

Source: Baker Hughes

Technip Energies Awarded a Contract for Marsa LNG Project in Oman

Technip Energies has been awarded a substantial contract by TotalEnergies and OQ for the Marsa LNG bunkering project located in Sohar, Oman. 

The contract covers Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of a natural gas liquefaction train with an LNG production capacity of 1 Mtpa(2). The plant will use electric-driven motors instead of conventional gas turbines and will be powered by renewable electricity from a planned nearby solar farm which will cover 100% of the annual power consumption of the LNG plant. This is positioning the site as one of the lowest greenhouse gases intensity LNG plants ever built worldwide. The LNG produced will notably be used as a marine fuel to reduce the sipping industry’s carbon footprint.

The Marsa LNG project is an integrated complex developed by TotalEnergies (80%) and OQ (20%).

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, commented, 

“The world’s net-zero trajectory will require LNG as a critical source of energy, while addressing emissions abatement. TotalEnergies and OQ’s progressive Marsa LNG project is an example of how we can decarbonize the LNG value chain by powering its production with renewable energy and using it as a marine fuel to reduce emissions linked to maritime transportation. By leveraging our innovation and global leadership in LNG infrastructure design and delivery, we are proud to support TotalEnergies and the Sultanate of Oman in providing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to the world.”

Source: Technip Energies

Baker Hughes signed a MOU with Halfaya Gas Company on Gas Flaring Reduction Project in Iraq

Baker Hughes has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iraq-based Halfaya Gas Company (HGC) with the objective of setting the basis to establish a collaboration for a gas flaring reduction project at the Bin Umar gas processing plant in southeastern Iraq. The signing took place in Washington, D.C., in the presence of H.E. Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, prime minister of the Republic of Iraq, during the prime minister’s official visit to the United States to strengthen bilateral ties and facilitate new private sector initiatives, including enhancing the resilience and sustainability of Iraq’s energy ecosystem.

The MoU shall lay the groundwork for Baker Hughes and HGC to collaborate by leveraging Baker Hughes’ proven technology and experience in developing and implementing deflaring solutions, including the supply of critical turbomachinery and process equipment, a pre-Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study of modular gas processing skids, and supporting the project’s selected FEED contractor in developing the plant design.

HGC is a special purpose company, owned by Raban Al Safina for Energy Projects (RASEP), that was established to deliver a new gas processing plant to serve the onshore Bin Umar field. In late 2023, the Iraq Ministry of Oil (MOO) awarded a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract to HGC. The field produces 40,000 of barrels per day and over 150 million of standard cubic feet per day of associated sour gas, currently flared or used (untreated) as a fuel gas for a nearby power plant. HGC’s Bin Umar gas plant will convert waste gas into treated dry gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and condensate for domestic use and export. 

Through the deployment of Baker Hughes’ portfolio of emissions abatement technologies, HGC will aim to reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of its gas processing plant by reutilizing the gas that would otherwise go to waste, supporting HGC and Iraq’s overall prioritization of gas projects to meet the country’s power needs and to curb flaring. 

The collaboration builds on Baker Hughes’ existing and successful work with Iraq’s state-owned South Gas company for the construction of modular gas processing plants at the Nasiriya and Gharraf oil fields in the Dhi Qar province to capture and treat gas that would otherwise be flared.

Source: Baker Hughes

Technip Energies has been awarded a FEED contract by Viridor for the CCS project in the UK

Technip Energies has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by Viridor for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project at one of the United Kingdom’s largest Energy-from-Waste facilities in Runcorn, United Kingdom.

The project aims to capture around 900,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, half of which will be from biogenic sources, effectively removing 450,000 tonnes of COannually from the atmosphere.

As part of the FEED study, Technip Energies will deliver a comprehensive design utilising the Canopy by T.EN™ solution powered by Shell CANSOLV CO2 capture technology. The Canopy offering is part of Capture.Now™, Technip Energies’ strategic Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) platform of technologies and solutions.

The Runcorn CCS project is in line to be one of the first facilities to receive funding under the UK Government’s Track 1 funding for carbon capture projects, also making it one of the first carbon capture projects on an Energy-from-Waste facility in the world. It marks a significant milestone in the waste sector’s contribution to carbon reduction efforts.

The plant will play a crucial role in the regional decarbonisation strategy by providing a stable long-term baseload CO2 supply to the HyNet industrial carbon capture cluster in North West England.

Christophe Malaurie, SVP Decarbonisation Solutions of Technip Energies, commented:

“With this award, Technip Energies confirms its growing leadership position as an integrated state-of-the-art CCUS solutions provider. Technip Energies’ involvement in Viridor’s Runcorn carbon capture project highlights our commitment to providing innovative solutions for the net-zero trajectory, leveraging our extensive experience in project design and execution along with Shell’s proven and industry leading CANSOLV® technology. By capturing 900,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, this first-of-a-kind project is a significant step in the waste sector towards reducing carbon emissions at scale. We are focused on delivering our carbon capture solution efficiently, contributing to the United Kingdom net-zero goal.”

James Eyton, Head of CCUS at Viridor, adds:

“We’re delighted to have selected Technip Energies to perform the Front-End Engineering Design study for our game-changing Carbon Capture Project in Runcorn. Their selection follows a highly competitive tender process. It was essential for us to find a partner who shares in our vision for decarbonised waste treatment and has the experience and expertise to work alongside us to develop the world’s largest carbon capture project for energy from waste. With deliverability of the project a crucial goal, the global well-proven Shell CANSOLV® CO2 capture technology has the potential to deliver over 95% CO2 capture rates, which are needed to remove over 900,000 tonnes of COannually at our Runcorn site. We’re excited to work together to unlock the pathway to Net Zero, and beyond into negative emissions, for our business, the wider industry and the communities in which we operate.”

Source: Technip Energies

ADES Grabs Contract for Jack-Up Rig Operations in Qatar worth SAR 350 Million

ADES Holding Company, a world leading oil and gas drilling services provider, has announced that it has received a Letter of Award (LOA) from one of the major International Oil Companies (IOCs) for a one-year firm jack-up drilling contract in Qatar with optional extensions of up to 18 months. The new award follows ADES’ earlier announcement of an imminent opportunity in the region and solidifies ADES’ position in the important Qatari market, reinforcing its regional expansion strategy.

Key Highlights of the Award

• The contract comprises a firm one-year term plus three optional six-month extensions.

• Operations are expected to commence in the second half of 2024 utilizing one of ADES’ jack-up drilling units.

• The award by this major IOC will maintain ADES’ market share in Qatar with a three-rig operation after the planned relocation of its Emerald Driller to Indonesia, which is expected to happen in second half of 2024.

• The total contract value from the firm and optional terms is approximately SAR 350 million.

Commenting on the LOA, Dr. Mohamed Farouk, CEO of ADES Holding said: “We are very pleased with our ability to quickly market and secure new campaigns for the five recently suspended rigs in KSA. New capacities made available have allowed us to quickly find a technically suitable unit to maintain our three-rig presence in Qatar following the planned departure of our jackup rig, Emerald Driller, from Qatar to Indonesia in the second half of 2024. The Emerald Driller had delivered an exceptional safety and operational performance during its operation in the Al-Khaleej field over the past few years, and we look forward to continuing our journey in Qatar with our client and to providing exceptional safety and operational performance that has become synonymous with the ADES name.”

Source: ADES

Saipem receives authorization to proceed with the execution of the Whiptail project in Guyana

Saipem has announced that it has received from ExxonMobil Guyana Limited and its Stabroek block coventurers the authorization to proceed with the execution of the Whiptail oilfield development project, situated in the offshore Guyana, at a water depth of approximately 2,000 meters. The authorization has been granted subsequent to the final project sanction by the client and its coventurers and to the necessary regulatory clearances. 

Saipem’s scope of work entails the detailed Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) of a subsea production facility. The contract value is between 750 million and 1.5 billion USD. 

As previously announced, Saipem had already started initial activities, namely the detailed engineering and procurement of the long lead items, and following the issued authorization the company can proceed with the execution of the remaining project activities. 

Saipem’s vessels FDS2, Castorone and Constellation will be used for the offshore installation. Furthermore, for the on-site construction of part of the submarine items, Saipem will deploy its Guyana Offshore Construction Facility, located at the Port of Georgetown, and an additional local fabrication facility, proof of the company’s continued commitment to the sustainable growth in the country. 

Saipem had been previously awarded five additional contracts by ExxonMobil Guyana for projects in the same region: Liza Phase 1 and Phase 2, Payara, Yellowtail and UARU. 

Source: Saipem

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

TechnipFMC has been awarded a large contract in Guyana’s Stabroek Block by Exxon Mobil Corporation affiliate ExxonMobil Guyana Limited to supply subsea production systems for the Whiptail project.

TechnipFMC will provide project management, engineering, and manufacturing to deliver 48 subsea trees and associated tooling, as well as 12 manifolds and associated controls and tie-in equipment.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “ExxonMobil Guyana will utilize our Subsea 2.0® systems and manifolds, which help provide schedule certainty. We have already delivered more than 100 subsea trees for ExxonMobil Guyana – the location of one of the world’s fastest developing basins – and we look forward to deepening our relationship with them through Whiptail.”

TechnipFMC currently employs nearly 140 Guyanese, and expects to continue to hire and train additional local staff in support of this award.

Whiptail is TechnipFMC’s most recent award from ExxonMobil Guyana, where the Company has been awarded subsea production system contracts since the first contract award in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.

Source: TechnipFMC

Wood to Expand Major Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant in South Korea

Wood has been selected by leading biopharmaceutical firm, Celltrion, to expand its Songdo biopharma manufacturing hub in Incheon, South Korea.

Under this contract, Wood will provide detailed engineering design for a new facility that will increase manufacturing capacity of biological medicines by eight million liquid vials per year, helping meet global demand for biopharmaceutical drug products.

Supporting Celltrion to expand its product pipeline and secure manufacturing capacity, Wood’s leading process engineering design capabilities will help Celltrion enhance production efficiency and reduce downtime transitioning equipment from one product to another, resulting in facility operational cost savings.

Jim Goff, Senior Vice President of Life Sciences at Wood said: “Celltrion’s new facility will support secure, stable supply of life-changing medicines to help treat cancer, autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders.  We’re incredibly proud to be selected as the engineering partner of choice for such a globally significant project.

“We take pride in our strong, predictable project delivery held at the highest safety and quality standards. Our differentiated process design expertise brings the agility needed to help Celltrion achieve new efficiencies in production, time and costs. We are supporting their commitment to expand global access to innovative biologics products for a healthier world.”

The project will be delivered by Wood’s global Life Sciences experts in Europe and India and will conclude in Q3 2024, with commercial operation set to begin in 2027.

Source: Wood Plc

Wood secures contract with Atlantic LNG in Trinidad and Tobago

Wood’s joint venture company, Massy Wood, has secured a three-year agreement with Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Atlantic), to provide project management and engineering expertise for Atlantic’s liquefaction facility in Point Fortin, Trinidad.

Trinidad, the second largest LNG exporter in the Americas, hosts Atlantic LNG as Trinidad’s sole LNG producer, which exports approximately 15 million tonnes per annum. Under the contract, Massy Wood will work with Atlantic to drive operational efficiency and reliability of critical gas supply in the region.

Massy Wood has successfully delivered construction management across Atlantic’s liquefaction facility for the last decade, focusing on reducing risk and improving performance. This new award builds on existing services to deliver complete end-to-end EPC solutions.

Mala Baliraj, Massy Wood’s Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We are delighted to grow our relationship with Atlantic, building on the scope of services we already provide to this important natural gas facility.

“Massy Wood has been a trusted partner of choice for over 20 years in Trinidad. We are particularly proud of our delivery teams, who recently achieved over 43 million man-hours without a lost time incident, further demonstrating our unwavering commitment to safety and performance excellence.”

The contract will be delivered by Massy Wood’s team in Trinidad, supported by Wood’s LNG experts in Houston as well as Wood’s global decarbonisation and new energy teams.

Source: Woodplc

Worley has been awarded a Pre-FEED for Statkraft’s CO2 capture plant in Norway

Worley has been awarded a pre-FEED for the basic design of the CO2 capture plant in Norway.

Together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Worley is one of the three suppliers that has been selected to proceed to an early phase study of the project. This is in connection with the work on realizing Statkraft’s CO2 capture facility in Trondheim, Norway.

Statkraft is currently evaluating its ongoing long term project with the possibility of maturing and later realizing full scale CO2 capture at its waste incineration plant in Trondheim by 2030.

Worley’s scope is to design an optimized carbon capture unit for the waste to energy facility to capture 300,000 tonnes CO2 per annum using the Advanced KM CDR Process™ proprietary CO2 capture technology that MHI has developed together with The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.

The pre-FEED will focus on environmental and safety aspects, design, and development of a robust cost estimate. Studies are planned for completion in the autumn of this year. Statkraft will then decide if they proceed to the next, and final, phase of the project before a potential investment decision is due in 2027.

The project will be led by the teams in Denmark with support from our offices in Sweden, Norway, and our Global Integrated Delivery team in India.

“This project presents an opportunity to leverage our specialized expertise within the Nordic region. And we can utilize our global talent pool and wealth of experience, to benefit both our team and our customers,” says Jan Narvestad, Senior Vice President, Nordics.

“This project will play an important part in realizing the potential for carbon capture as a decarbonization tool for the waste to energy industry. And furthers our existing partnerships with MHI in the carbon capture space,” says Graeme Wilson, Nordics Regional Director.

Source: Worley


Samsung C&T to build Korea’s first $103 mn hydrogen tank for power plant

Samsung C&T Corp., the construction and trading unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group, has clinched a 140 billion won ($103 million) deal to build an infrastructure for the country’s first coal and hydrogen compound-fueled power generation.

Under a contract signed with Korea Southern Power Co. (KOSPO), Samsung will build facilities to store, unload and transport hydrogen compounds at Korea Southern Power’s plant in Samcheok, Gangwon Province.

The project involves constructing a 30,000-ton tank for KOSPO to compress and store hydrogen compounds.

The so-called co-firing power generation refers to producing electricity by mixing and burning two or more fuel types.

Samsung said it is the sole contractor responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the project scheduled for completion in July 2027.

The company said it won the deal thanks to its experience building energy storage facilities in global markets, including Qatar, Singapore and Malaysia, and internationally certified technology it secured in collaboration with Whessoe Engineering Ltd., a UK-based energy storage facility construction specialist.

DOUBLE-WALLED STRUCTURE

A major feature of the project, Samsung said, is that the storage tank will be completely sealed with a double-wall structure instead of the usual single wall to improve safety.

The storage tank will also be equipped with the highest level of gas detection and blocking system, and a real-time environmental substance monitoring system, it said.

Once the project is completed, carbon-free hydrogen compounds will account for 20% of KOSPO’s mixed fuel, contributing to greenhouse gas reductions at the power plant.

KOSPO expects to cut 1.1 million tons of greenhouse gases annually through the mixed power generation method at the plant.

“Based on our EPC performance secured through this project, we expect to participate in various renewable energy projects in Korea and abroad,” said Lee Byung-soo, vice president and head of energy solutions business at Samsung C&T.

Source: The Korea Economic Daily

Aker Solutions awarded an EPCIC Contract for the Brasse tieback project for OKEA

Aker Solutions has been awarded a sizeable EPCIC-contract for the Brasse tieback project for OKEA.

Brasse is an oil and gas field located 13 kilometers south of the Brage platform. Brasse will be developed as a subsea tieback to Brage and will utilize the existing processing capacity on the platform, where the first production started in 1993.

The tieback demands modifications on the Brage platform. The FEED has been carried out by Aker Solutions. Aker Solutions’ scope is to execute engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning on Brage to prepare the topside of the platform for receiving oil and gas from the Brasse field.

“We are continuing to develop a long-term partnership with OKEA as a preferred supplier. Our experience of working as an integrator in projects alongside OKEA, OneSubsea and Subsea7 has shown that together, we are able to find feasible solutions to maximize the utilization of resources in mature areas in a profitable manner. The tieback will contribute to energy security in Europe.” said Paal Eikeseth, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ Life Cycle segment.”

The plan for development and operation (PDO) will be submitted during April and Brasse will be renamed Bestla upon approval of the PDO. The name Bestla originates from Norse mythology and is the name of Odin’s mother.

Aker Solutions’ Project Management team and key resources will be mainly based in Stavanger and pre-fabrication will be done at Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund. The contract will be booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2024 in the Life Cycle segment.

Source: Aker Solutions

thyssenkrupp Uhde & Genesis Fertilizers have signed a Pre-FEED contract for fertilizer plant in Canada

thyssenkrupp Uhde and Genesis Fertilizers Limited Partnership (“Genesis Fertilizers”) have signed a Pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) contract to conceptually develop an integrated fertilizer complex to be located at Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan in Canada. The proposed plant will be designed to produce 1,500 mtpd of ammonia, 2,600 mtpd of urea/UAS granulation, nitric acid and UAN plus the ability to produce Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

thyssenkrupp Uhde will provide engineering solutions for the integration of the above-listed objectives as a component of this Pre-FEED arrangement, with a key focus on minimizing plant emissions. thyssenkrupp Uhde’s proven EnviNOx® technology, for example, will almost completely eliminate nitrogen oxides from nitric acid production. Furthermore, the design of the plant will consider the potential use of renewable-based hydrogen and electricity.

Jason Mann, President and CEO of Genesis Fertilizers: “Our primary goal is to ensure the supply of fertilizers to the farmers in Western Canada based on the most advanced technologies available with the lowest possible carbon footprint. We are pleased to be working with a strong industry partner that offers expertise in all the processes and technologies involved from a single source.”

Lucretia Löscher, COO thyssenkrupp Uhde: “This project is a further proof that the transition of the fertilizer industry towards more sustainability has started. Our expertise in clean fertilizer technologies and their integration is essential to support our customers on their journey to protect the climate.”

thyssenkrupp Uhde has more than 100 years of experience in the engineering and construction of chemical plants, with more than 2,500 built in total. 130 ammonia and fertilizer plants have been built, including some of the largest plants in the world. These often have set new industry standards, such as the uhde® dual pressure technology. In addition to the fertilizer business, thyssenkrupp Uhde also offers clean ammonia technologies and ammonia storage, which are relevant for the transition to clean energy and the use of ammonia as an energy and hydrogen carrier.

Source: thyssenkrupp Uhde

SLB to Acquire ChampionX in $7.75 billion Deal

SLB and ChampionX Corporation has announced a definitive agreement for SLB to purchase ChampionX in an all-stock transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by the ChampionX board of directors.

Under the terms of the agreement, ChampionX shareholders will receive 0.735 shares of SLB common stock in exchange for each ChampionX share. At the closing of the transaction ChampionX shareholders will own approximately 9% of SLB’s outstanding shares of common stock.

SLB’s acquisition of ChampionX comes at an important time in the industry. The production phase of oil and gas operations typically comprises the majority of an asset’s life cycle from completion through decommissioning. This places a premium on service providers’ ability to help customers address challenges across the entirety of their production system. At the same time, there is growing demand to scale emerging technologies such as AI and autonomous operations across global operations.

“Our customers are seeking to maximize their assets while improving efficiency in the production and reservoir recovery phase of their operations,” Olivier Le Peuch, SLB’s chief executive officer, said. “This presents a significant opportunity for service providers who can partner with customers throughout the entire production lifecycle, offering integrated solutions and delivering differentiated value. The combination of ChampionX’s strong production-focused leadership throughout North America and beyond with our own international presence, unmatched technology portfolio, and history of innovation will drive tremendous value for our customers and stakeholders.

“Our core strategy remains centered on meeting growing energy demand while accelerating decarbonization and emissions reduction through innovation, scale and digitalization in our core oil and gas business. This acquisition will expand SLB’s presence in the less cyclical and growing production and recovery space that is closely aligned with our returns-focused, capital-light strategy,“ Le Peuch said.

“Today’s announcement marks the start of an exciting next chapter for ChampionX,” Soma Somasundaram, president and CEO of ChampionX, said. “We have been on a journey to build the best production-focused company in our sector, with a goal of unlocking energy through our differentiated products and technology as well as our strong financial engine. Becoming part of SLB will give us a much broader portfolio and the resources and reach to continue to lead the industry in providing energy to the world in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. Our companies share a vision for the future of energy that leverages technology and innovation to solve our customers’ most complex problems and better serve the communities in which we operate.

“As I look ahead, I am confident that our talented employees will benefit from greater opportunities as part of a larger organization. For our shareholders, the combination provides compelling value creation and the opportunity to share in significant upside from the realization of synergies, including accelerated growth opportunities given the complementary nature of the respective portfolios. I have long admired SLB’s focus on technology and innovation, as well as its global reach, and throughout our engagement with them, I have also been impressed with their commitment to preserving and capitalizing on all that has made ChampionX successful. Finally, I want to thank our employees for their continued commitment to our purpose of improving lives,” Somasundaram said.

SLB expects to realize annual pretax synergies of approximately $400 million within the first three years post-closing through revenue growth and cost savings. The transaction is subject to ChampionX shareholders’ approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is anticipated that the closing of the transaction will occur before the end of 2024.

SLB also announced today that it will return $7 billion to shareholders over the next two years. SLB will increase its 2024 shareholder returns to a target of $3 billion as well as set a target for 2025 shareholder returns of $4 billion. “This commitment to our shareholders for 2024 and 2025 highlights our confidence in the value this transaction will create and in our ability to continue generating strong cash flow from our broader portfolio this year and next,” Le Peuch said.

Source: SLB

Aramco awards $7.7bn contracts for Fadhili Gas Plant expansion

Aramco has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts worth $7.7 billion for a major expansion of its Fadhili Gas Plant in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The project is expected to increase the plant’s processing capacity from 2.5 to up to 4 billion standard cubic feet per day (bscfd).

This additional 1.5 bscfd of processing capacity is expected to contribute to the company’s strategy to raise gas production by more than 60% by 2030, compared to 2021 levels. The Fadhili Gas Plant expansion, which is expected to be completed by November 2027, is also expected to add an additional 2,300 metric tons per day to sulphur production.

Wail Al Jaafari, Aramco Executive Vice President of Technical Services, said: “The award of these contracts reflects Aramco’s goal to increase supplies of natural gas, help efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and free up more crude oil for value-added refining and export. Together with leading international companies, we are advancing our goal to increase gas production. The expansion also supports our ambitions to develop a lower-carbon hydrogen business, while associated liquids from gas are an important feedstock for the petrochemical industry.”

Aramco awarded EPC contracts for the Fadhili Gas Plant increment project to SAMSUNG Engineering Company, GS Engineering & Construction Corporation, and Nesma & Partners.

Source: Aramco

Petrofac secures EPC contract extension with ONEgas West

Petrofac has secured a contract extension in the Southern North Sea with ONEgas West (a NAM operated and Shell UK owned venture).  

The two-year brownfield Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract award extends the previous three-year contract. Petrofac will continue to provide services across ONEgas West’s Southern North Sea portfolio, supporting the Clipper South complex, Leman Alpha assets, Bacton Terminal, and ONEgas Barge campaigns. 

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

“We are delighted to continue to be a partner of choice, in one of our core markets. This contract award demonstrates ONEgas’ continued confidence in the value our teams in Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen add to its operations.”

Source: Petrofac

KBR Awarded Predictive Maintenance Services Contract by Petro Rabigh

KBR, Inc. announced that it has secured a five-year asset condition monitoring program contract from Rabigh Refining Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) to deploy predictive maintenance services at its plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.

The program will optimize asset lifecycle, enhance machinery performance and improve overall reliability. This collaboration aims to boost energy and equipment efficiency while mitigating operational risks, aligning with Petro Rabigh’s commitment to safety and sustainability.

“We are pleased to build a longstanding partnership with Petro Rabigh and offer our innovative technology-led industrial solutions,” said Jay Ibrahim, President, KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions. “KBR’s predictive maintenance services improve operational efficiency and align with the clients’ ESG objectives by promoting sustainability and responsible resource management.” 

KBR delivers smart asset management solutions to help its customers optimize operations, maintenance and revamps to achieve sustainable world-class performance.

Source: KBR

Marubeni, HZI & JOIN consortium has won a contract for Abu Dhabi Waste-to-Energy Project

Marubeni Corporation alongside Hitachi Zosen Inova AG and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (hereinafter, “JOIN”), has concluded a concession agreement with Emirates Water and Electricity Company (hereinafter, “EWEC”) and Tadweer Group for the Abu Dhabi Waste-to-Energy Project (hereinafter, the “Project”), to be deployed in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.

Marubeni, through a special purpose company to be jointly owned by a consortium consisting of Marubeni, HZI, and JOIN in cooperation with Tadweer Group, will construct, operate, maintain, and own the Waste-to-Energy plant, with an annual capacity for the treatment of 900,000 tons of waste and for 80MW power generation. This will be the first Waste-to-Energy plant in Abu Dhabi and will be owned and operated for 30 years, with EWEC procuring the electricity produced over that period.

Through the Project, the method used for waste treatment will transition from landfilling to incineration, thereby reducing methane gas emissions from landfills, with the expectation of attendant reductions in CO2 emissions to an equivalent of 1.1 million tons per year. 

Marubeni will continue to contribute to the development of a sustainable society through stable waste treatment, utilizing its experience in business development of this project as well as the track record in the construction of the plant in the waste treatment sector, where further growth is expected going forward.

Source: Marubeni Corporation

McDermott Awarded Offshore Contract from PTTEP

McDermott has been awarded a sizeable offshore transportation, installation and commissioning contract from PTTEP Sabah Oil Limited (PTTEP) for the Kikeh subsea gas lift project, located 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of the island of Labuan, offshore Sabah in East Malaysia.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will remove the existing flexible gas lift riser and perform the installation and commissioning of a new dynamic riser section and flowline comprised of two thermoplastic composite pipe jumpers. This will enable gas delivery to a subsea production system tied back to the Kikeh floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

“McDermott is uniquely positioned to deliver this project, having performed the installation of subsea infrastructure in the Kikeh field between 2011 and 2012, and again in 2014, in the nearby Siakap North-Petai field,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “We pioneered reel-lay installation for pipe-in-pipe production and water injection flowlines in the region, underscoring our commitment to engineering innovation. Returning to the Kikeh field not only reaffirms our expertise, but also presents another opportunity to deliver exceptional results through our unmatched experience in offshore transportation, subsea installations, and commissioning.”

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

Operated by PTTEP on behalf of partner Petronas Carigali and PT Pertamina Malaysia Exploration Production, the Kikeh field has been producing from the existing Kikeh FPSO since 2007. The Kikeh FPSO is the first and largest deepwater FPSO in Malaysia.

Source: McDermott

AG&P Wins Major Indonesia LNG Infrastructure Project

AG&P LNG, majority-owned by Nebula Energy, announced that its subsidiary PT AGP Indonesia Utama (AG&P Indonesia), along with consortium members Suasa Benua Sukses (SBS) and KPMOG, collectively referred to as the Consortium, has won a large-scale 20-year contract for LNG infrastructure from PLN EPI in Indonesia. The tender was awarded to AG&P LNG for the co-development, ownership and operations of LNG import terminal infrastructure and downstream logistics in seven locations within the Sulawesi-Maluku cluster in Indonesia. The customer and co-shareholder in this facility will be PT PLN Energi Primer (PLN EPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of PT PLN (Persero) Indonesia.

AG&P Indonesia, along with its Consortium members, will establish a joint venture (JV) with PLN EPI to collaborate on the design, financing, construction, ownership, and operations of all offshore and onshore infrastructure within the Sulawesi-Maluku cluster LNG terminals. This infrastructure includes the LNG Carrier (LNGC), Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), and multiple onshore regasification sites. The aim is to supply LNG and natural gas to seven power plants with a cumulative capacity of 1,510 MW.

Mr. Karthik Sathyamoorthy, CEO of AG&P LNG said, “The Sulawesi-Maluku cluster LNG terminals project epitomizes Indonesia’s steadfast commitment to LNG-based infrastructure for power generation and will support the country’s overall goal to reduce the usage of liquid fuel by about 1.7 million kiloliters per year across all clusters. AG&P LNG is honored to partner with PLN EPI in this project of national importance, fostering a robust partnership for years to come.” Mr. Rakhmad Dewanto, Director Gas and Fuel PLN EPI said, “PLN EPI as the soul of supply of gas/LNG for Indonesia’s power generation is currently developing both portfolio LNG supply and LNG midstream infrastructures for power sector. We are excited about our joint venture with AG&P LNG and its Consortium members. This partnership will be pivotal to the development of LNG midstream infrastructures to Power cluster project in Indonesia, where Sulawesi-Maluku cluster is the largest. PLN EPI will be responsible to supply the LNG from its portfolio and trust that the Consortium members will deliver the project timely in the first half of 2026. This will be a milestone in our country’s continued transition towards more reliable and cleaner energy.” Mr. Sam Abdalla, CEO of Nebula Energy and Vice Chairman of AG&P LNG, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, saying, “We are thrilled to collaborate with PLN EPI and embark on the development of this large-scale infrastructure investment in Indonesia. Nebula Energy recently signed on to membership in Indonesia’s Carbon Capture and Storage Center (ICCSC) as a technology provider. These partnerships with ICCSC and PLN EPI align with our company’s vision of promoting sustainable energy development through global clean energy infrastructure investments”.

AG&P LNG has a substantial growth pipeline with a total of 6 LNG terminals in development with proposed capacity of 25 MTPA across several international growth projects. Among its LNG terminal project portfolio, AG&P LNG is the operator of the first LNG import and regasification terminal in the Philippines, the Philippines LNG (PHLNG) Import Terminal located in Batangas Bay. Earlier this month, on March 7th, AG&P LNG announced the acquisition of a 49% stake in Cai Mep, a US$ 500M fully constructed LNG Import Terminal, with a capacity of 3 MTPA, expandable to 6 MTPA, and one of the only two existing LNG terminals in Vietnam.

Source: AG&P

AtkinsRéalis has been Awarded a FEED Contract to Develop Leading Hydrogen Hub in Canada

AtkinsRéalis has been awarded a contract by TESCanada H2 Inc. (“TESCanada”) to provide front end engineering and design services for their Projet Mauricie green hydrogen hub in Quebec.

“Energy secure and affordable Net Zero grids will be needed as we electrify a larger portion of our economies,” commented Ian L. Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, AtkinsRéalis. “Green hydrogen provides an attractive clean energy option for hard to decarbonize sectors. We’re pleased to deliver our clean energy engineering expertise to advance the green hydrogen ecosystem and ensure a successful energy transition.”

TESCanada’s Projet Mauricie is an innovative renewable energy initiative that aims to accelerate the energy transition by producing up to 70,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen, which will be used to decarbonize industrial processes and heavy transportation in Quebec. The project will reduce emissions by 800,000 tonnes CO2eq per year supporting Quebec’s decarbonization objectives. As part of the project, clean electricity will largely be supplied by new, purpose-built renewable power generation including wind and solar farms totalling 1,000 MW. Expected to be commissioned in 2028, it is one of the largest clean hydrogen projects in Canada. It is also amongst the largest decarbonization projects announced in Quebec to date.

Source: AtkinsRéalis

ADNOC Signs Second Long-Term Heads of Agreement for Ruwais LNG Project

ADNOC has announced the signing of a 15-year Heads of Agreement (LNG agreement) with SEFE Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of Germany’s SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH, for the delivery of 1 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of liquefied natural gas. 

The LNG will primarily be sourced from ADNOC’s lower-carbon Ruwais LNG project, currently under development in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi. The Ruwais LNG plant has been designed to run on clean power and will leverage the latest technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to drive efficiency. This is the second long-term LNG supply agreement from the Ruwais LNG project, following the 15-year agreement with China’s ENN Natural Gas signed in December 2023. The deliveries are expected to start in 2028, upon commencement of the facility’s commercial operations.

Fatema Al Nuaimi, Executive Vice President, Downstream Business Management at ADNOC said: “This LNG agreement, the first with a European company from the Ruwais lower-carbon LNG project, underscores ADNOC’s position as a reliable and responsible global energy provider. Gas accounts for almost a quarter of Germany’s primary energy use, and we look forward to supporting its efforts to diversify its energy sources and enhance its energy security.” 

This LNG supply agreement reinforces the Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA) agreement, signed by the UAE and Germany in 2022, further strengthening bilateral cooperation in energy security, decarbonization and climate action. It builds upon ADNOC’s delivery of the first LNG cargo from the Middle East to Germany in 2023.

Frédéric Barnaud, Chief Executive Officer of SEFE Marketing & Trading and Chief Commercial Officer of SEFE, said: “SEFE and ADNOC have a long and productive partnership, spanning over 15 years. This LNG supply agreement for the Ruwais LNG project, set to be one of the lowest-carbon intensity LNG projects in the world, marks the start of a new chapter. We aim to further build on our existing relationship and explore joint low-carbon energy developments.” 

Natural gas plays a crucial role as a transitional fuel, generating lower-carbon emissions compared to other fossil fuels. The Ruwais LNG project is set to be the first LNG export facility in the Middle East and North Africa region to run on clean power. When completed, the project, which consists of two 4.8mmtpa LNG liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 9.6mmtpa, will more than double ADNOC’s LNG production capacity to around 15mmtpa, to help meet increased global demand for natural gas. The project is being designed to leverage AI, digitalization and the latest advanced technology to drive efficiency and safety across the new facility.  

The LNG agreement is contingent upon a final investment decision (FID) on the project, including regulatory approvals, and the negotiation of a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement between the two companies. 

Source: ADNOC

Wood JV secures new framework agreement with Shell in Trinidad & Tobago

Wood’s joint venture company, Massy Wood, has secured a five‑year framework agreement with Shell Trinidad and Tobago (Shell), for the delivery of engineering projects and asset support in Trinidad and Tobago.

This agreement will support Shell’s onshore and offshore assets, providing a suite of services that includes turnaround support for their mature brownfield assets and supporting new greenfield projects.

Steve Nicol, Executive President, Operations at Wood comments: “This agreement is a strategic achievement for our team in Trinidad, solidifying Massy Wood as the front-runner of asset integrity in the region. We are dedicated to supporting our clients today through asset management and upgrades delivering energy security to the region.”

Shawn Combden, Wood’s President of Operations, Americas, said: “This award is built on our long-standing relationship with Shell where we have a reputation for delivering high quality projects with an excellent safety record. This win provides significant opportunities for our local teams to continue their commitment to deliver the future of energy through process and operational improvements as we move closer to net-zero.”

Massy Wood’s 1,000-strong team based in Trinidad has supported Shell in Trinidad & Tobago since 2018.

Source: WoodPlc

Petrofac has been awarded a $200M operations contract from Turkmengas at the Galkynysh Gas Field

Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has been awarded an operations contract from Turkmengas at the Galkynysh Gas Field, in Turkmenistan.

The three-year contract, valued at over US$200 million includes: provision of personnel to supervise and support operations and maintenance activity; the provision of technical support and procurement services; and the development and implementation of management systems to support efficient operations of the Galkynysh Gas Field Central Processing Facilities 1 and 1A. No performance guarantees are required to be posted in relation to this contract.

Delivery of the Galkynysh Gas Field project, for state-owned Turkmengas, was one of the largest engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) projects delivered by Petrofac’s Engineering & Construction business unit. The contract to develop the world’s second largest gas field was awarded in 2009, and completed in 2013.

Located near Yoloten (Mary Province, Turkmenistan), the facilities Petrofac will now support, have an equal capacity of 10 BCMA which delivers 20 BCMA to the export pipeline. The gas field ensures revenue for Turkmenistan’s economy, as well as domestic energy supply.

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

“Petrofac has a proud history of working with Turkmengas. The expansion of our relationship is testament to our track record of delivering value to customers’ operations. Securing this contract further demonstrates our strategy to expand Asset Solutions’ geographic reach.

“We look forward to continued collaboration with Turkmengas, enhancing safe and reliable operations.”

Source: Petrofac

TechnipFMC Awarded to Deliver the First All-Electric iEPCI™ for CCS Project

TechnipFMC has been selected to deliver the first all-electric integrated project by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), a joint venture between bp, Equinor, and TotalEnergies. The NEP is building carbon dioxide transportation and storage infrastructure for carbon capture projects in the United Kingdom’s East Coast Cluster.

TechnipFMC will use its integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (iEPCI™) execution model to deliver this project. The Company’s all-electric solution will collect and feed the pressurized gas into an aquifer for permanent storage. 

This contract covers the supply and installation of an all-electric subsea system, including manifolds, umbilicals, and pipe.

An all-electric system drives simplification of the field design, enabling the reduction of infrastructure and installation time through the removal of hydraulic components and simplified umbilicals. The technology also enables the development of projects over long distances.

Luana Duffé, Executive Vice President, New Energy at TechnipFMC, commented: “This is a significant milestone for both our company and industry. Using proprietary CO2.0® technology, we have extended our Subsea 2.0® platform with the development of the industry’s first all-electric system for carbon transportation and storage. With this award, we are demonstrating how the competencies established in traditional energies are at the very core of the energy transition.”

The NEP project will leverage TechnipFMC’s strong local presence across the UK. The full contract award is subject to the receipt of regulatory clearances and final investment decision, expected in late 2024.

Source: TechnipFMC

Saipem has signed a LOI for the development of CO2 offshore transportation & storage facilities in the UK

Saipem has signed a Letter of Intent, received by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), a joint venture between the operator bp, Equinor, and TotalEnergies, and Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power), a joint venture between bp and Equinor, stating that the company has been selected for the award of the NEP and Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT) projects. The two projects are related to the development of CO2 offshore transportation and storage facilities to the East Coast Cluster in the United Kingdom.

The final award to Saipem is subject to the receipt of relevant regulatory clearances and positive Final Investment Decisions (FID) by the projects and UK government, planned for September 2024 or earlier.

Saipem’s scope of work covers the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of a 28” and approximately 145 Km offshore pipeline with associated landfalls and onshore outlet facilities for the NEP project, and the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of the water outfall for the Net Zero Teesside Power (NZTP) project.

The pipeline offshore operations will be performed by Saipem’s flagship vessel Castorone, and the nearshore operations will be performed by the Saipem’s shallow water pipelay Castoro 10.

When completed, the Projects will serve the East Coast Cluster in Teesside with the transportation and storage of around 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year from 2027.

This letter of intent consolidates Saipem positioning in the low and zero carbon segments, thanks to a unique combination of engineering and technology know-how, competencies and assets along the whole Carbon Capture and Storage value chain.

Alessandro Puliti, Chief Executive Officer, Saipem said: “We are extremely proud to be the selected contractor for the offshore CO2 pipelines and associated facilities of NEP and NZT contracts. Saipem is fully committed to provide the best competences and its flagship vessel Castorone to support NEP and NZTP partnerships and contribute to the realization of the first zero-carbon industrial hub in the North-East of England and the achievement of the UK’s Net Zero targets”.

Source: Saipem

KBR Awarded Project Management Contract for Sonangol’s New Lobito Refinery Project

KBR announced it has been awarded a project management contract by Sonangol for the design and construction of a new 200,000bpd refinery in Lobito, Angola. 

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide services encompassing the project management of engineering, procurement and construction phase execution. The Lobito Refinery Project is one of the most significant energy infrastructure projects in the region and will contribute to Angola’s energy independence. The project will also contribute to significant job creation and economic development of this region. Upon completing the Lobito Refinery Project, Angola is expected to have a 200% increase in the capacity to produce fuel products within the country in an efficient and sustainably improved approach.

This award further extends the more than twenty-year long partnership between KBR and Sonangol in the development of essential natural resources in Angola. KBR completed the FEED phase of the project earlier in 2023, providing a cost competitive design that met Sonangol’s business objectives while meeting the advanced emission standards required in the industry. In line with our strategy in energy transition to provide more environmentally friendly solutions, KBR’s FEED design also meets 2030 African and European Product Specifications with river water consumption and waste-water treatment requirements reduced by 30% as a result of KBR’s innovation in the refinery’s cooling system design.

“We are excited to be a part of this important project and to continue to grow and maintain a substantial presence in the region,” said Jay Ibrahim, President, Sustainable Technology Solutions. “This win is indicative of KBR’s strategic commitment to offer differentiated technical services that support Angola’s sustainable development goals.”

For more than 100 years, KBR has provided holistic and value-added solutions across the entire asset life cycle. Our leading experts have helped design and deliver world-class refinery and petrochemical plants across the globe. 

Source: KBR

Equinor awards KCA Deutag over $450 million of drilling and maintenance contracts

KCA Deutag, a leading drilling, engineering and technology partner, has secured new contracts and extensions worth a total value in excess of $450 million from Equinor in Norway.

In addition to a four-year extension for their existing contract scope covering five platforms across the Oseberg and Kvitebjørn fields, KCA Deutag has also been awarded additional work to deliver drilling, maintenance and engineering services to a further two platforms.

The additional scope, covering the Njord and Heidrun platforms significantly strengthens KCA Deutag’s presence in the Norwegian North Sea where the company also has a separate agreement with Equinor for the management, operation and maintenance of the Askepott and Askeladden Cat J jack-up rigs.

Ole Maier, President of Offshore, commented: “This award of an additional scope as well as a contract extension underscores the strong performance of our teams in Norway and our dedication to delivering innovative solutions and technology that improve the efficiency and safety of Equinor’s operations.

“We look forward to the continuation of our successful collaboration with Equinor as we collectively strive to ensure a safe and sustainable energy future.”

Source: KCA Deutag

ADNOC Issues Early EPC Award for Ruwais LNG Project

ADNOC announced that it has issued a Limited Notice to Proceed (LNTP) for early engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities to a joint venture, led by Technip Energies, with JGC Corporation and National Petroleum Construction Company PJSC for its low-carbon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi.

With the Final Investment Decision (FID) expected this year, the Ruwais LNG project is set to be the first LNG export facility in the Middle East and North Africa region to run on clean power, making it one of the lowest-carbon intensity LNG plants in the world. 

Fatema Al Nuaimi, Executive Vice President, Downstream Business Management at ADNOC, said: The Ruwais LNG project will reinforce ADNOC’s position as a reliable global natural gas supplier, underscoring its pivotal role and contribution to global energy security. The project is set to significantly contribute to the Al Dhafra region’s economy by boosting the local industrial ecosystem, attracting further investments and creating a vital energy trade gateway in Al Ruwais Industrial City.”

Once completed, the project will consist of two 4.8 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) LNG liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 9.6mmtpa, and is set to more than double ADNOC’s LNG production capacity, from 6mmtpa to around 15mmtpa.

Natural gas is a key transition fuel and the low-carbon LNG project in Al Ruwais Industrial City underscores ADNOC’s commitment to decarbonization, sustainability and innovation. 

Source: ADNOC

Worley has been Awarded Services Contracts by Shell for 200-MW Hydrogen Project in Netherlands

Worley has been awarded services contracts by Shell supporting the delivery of Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen project located in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The contracts continue the close collaboration between Shell and Worley since late 2020, when we provided early engineering services for this project.

Under these contracts, Worley will provide detailed design and procurement, and construction management support services including the critical integration needed with key vendors and other assets such as offshore wind, pipelines, electrical grids and the refinery.

The 200MW electrolyzer will be powered by renewable energy from an offshore wind farm that is currently under development. Once complete, HH1 will be the largest commercial renewable hydrogen production facility in Europe. It will produce around 60,000 kg of hydrogen per day, enough to keep 2,300 hydrogen trucks rolling.

The renewable hydrogen produced will initially be used at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park in Rotterdam to partially decarbonize the production of fossil fuels and support the industrial use of hydrogen in the heavy transportation industry.

Work will be based in our office in The Hague and supported by our Global Integrated Delivery team in Mumbai. It will also leverage our global hydrogen subject matter experts and capabilities.

Mark Trueman, Group President and Shell Account Executive Sponsor said, “The Holland Hydrogen 1 project showcases the critical partnership between our companies required to develop innovative large-scale renewable hydrogen infrastructure. We appreciate Shell’s confidence and are committed to working with Shell and the other key vendors to deliver this important project.”

Source: Worley

Air Liquide and Vopak Sign MoU to Develop Ammonia & Hydrogen Distribution Facility in Singapore

Air Liquide and Vopak have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development and operation of infrastructure for ammonia import, cracking and hydrogen distribution in Singapore. 

Ammonia is considered as one of the low-carbon fuels for power generation and the maritime industry. As a hydrogen carrier, it is one of the most efficient ways to store and transport hydrogen. Leveraging on an established global supply chain and infrastructure for ammonia production, transportation and utilization, once transported, ammonia can be converted into hydrogen to contribute to the decarbonisation of industry and mobility. 

As such, the parties will study and explore the joint development of low carbon ammonia supply chains in Singapore, including the potential development of ammonia cracking facilities, associated ammonia storage and handling infrastructure at Vopak’s Banyan terminal, and the distribution of low-carbon hydrogen through a hydrogen pipeline network. This collaboration aims to support  Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy, focusing at driving advanced hydrogen technologies with high commercial readiness to establish low-carbon hydrogen supply chains.

Zhang Xi, Southeast Asia Cluster Vice President, and Managing Director of Air Liquide Singapore said, “Air Liquide is committed to partnering with industry partners, such as Vopak, to offer innovative and sustainable solutions in support of Singapore’s decarbonisation efforts. Air Liquide’s industrial scale ammonia (NH3) cracking pilot plant is under construction in Belgium. We are proud to apply our expertise to crack low carbon ammonia into low-carbon hydrogen, aimed at reducing carbon emissions in industrial basins and hard to abate sectors, advancing towards a more sustainable future.”

Rob Boudestijn, President of Vopak Singapore said, “Hydrogen and ammonia have the potential to significantly contribute to Singapore’s transition towards a low-carbon economy. As Singapore gears up for receiving and handling ammonia for power generation and bunkering, cracking of ammonia into hydrogen presents an additional application to help the industry shift to lower carbon feedstock. We are excited about collaborating with Air Liquide to accelerate the adoption and commercialization of industrial ammonia cracking in Singapore.”

Source: VOPAK

Tecnimont awarded Petrochemical Contract by SONATRACH in Algeria worth $1.1 billion

MAIRE announced that its subsidiary Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions) has been awarded by SONATRACH through a tendering process an EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) contract for a new linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant in the industrial zone of Skikda, located 350 km east of Algeria.

LAB is a cost-effective and biodegradable intermediate used in the production of household detergents, industrial cleaners and surfactants.

The contract value is approximately USD 1.1 billion. The scope of the project entails the implementation of a new LAB plant with a production capacity of 100,000 tons per year, and the associated utilities, offsites and interconnections with the existing facilities. The completion of the project is scheduled within 44 months from the contract’s effective date.

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of MAIRE Group, commented: “We are honored to consolidate our track-record with SONATRACH also in consideration of the strategic relationship between our two Countries in the current global energy supply scenario. This achievement further strengthens our footprint in Algeria and allows the valorization of the downstream petrochemical value chain, where we are the undisputed world leader.”

Source: MAIRE

Kalpataru Selected for EPC Contracts by Aramco for MGS‐3 Project

Kalpataru Projects International Limited (KPIL), formerly Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited, one of the largest Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies listed in India, has announced that it has received Letter of Intent (LoI) from Saudi Arabia’s energy major, Aramco, for carrying out EPC work for three packages of the third expansion phase of the Master Gas System Network (MGS‐3) in Saudi Arabia. The EPC scope covers laying of over 800 kms of lateral gas pipeline. The exact contract value of the three packages will be confirmed upon contract execution.

The MGS‐3 aims to expand the existing gas network in order to provide gas supply to various industrial consumers in the region. This expansion of the gas network is expected to enhance the ability to meet the growing energy demand in Saudi Arabia and replace liquid fuel burning, contributing to Saudi Arabia’s drive towards a diverse energy mix. KPIL is delighted to be collaborating with Aramco towards supporting energy security and reliability.  

With roughly two decades of experience in cross‐country pipelines, processing facilities, refineries and fertilizer plants, KPIL has successfully commissioned over 10,000 kms of oil and gas and water pipelines and embraces best global practices in areas like project management, quality and health safety environment (HSE).  

Manish Mohnot, MD & CEO, said, “We are delighted and truly proud to be entrusted by Aramco to undertake EPC work for the MGS‐3 project. This is a sizable EPC order, representing a significant milestone and reaffirmation of global acknowledgement of our capabilities. KPIL is focused on strengthening its presence in the oil and gas market in the Middle East region over the past few years. This order serves as a resounding testament to our commitment to strengthen our presence acrossthe value chain in the global   oil and gas EPC business. Moreover, this large order will strengthen our order book profile and put our oil and gas business on a robust growth trajectory going forward. We are confident that once the project is completed, it will help support the energy transition in Saudi Arabia.”  

Source: KALPATARU PROJECTS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Gas Arabian Services Secures $159M EPC Contract for Two Gas Pipeline Project in Saudi

Gas Arabian Services Company (GAS), a key provider of project management services for the energy sector, has secured two contracts worth SAR598 million ($159.3 million) from Saudi Power Procurement Company to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two gas pipeline projects in the kingdom.

The first contract, worth SAR256.1 million, is for a gas pipeline project coming up in Taiba region of the kingdom, while the other contract worth SAR342 million is for the Qassim gas pipeline project, said GAS in its filing to the Saudi bourse Tadawul.

The entire project work will be completed within a period of 22 months, it stated.

The financial impact of the project will likely appear in the year 2024 and 2025, it added.-TradeArabia News Service.

Source: ZAWYA

Masirah Oil Signs Jack-up Drilling Rig Contract in Yumna Field, Oman

Masirah Oil Limited announced the signing of a contract for the Energy Emerger jack-up drilling rig. The rig, operated by Northern Offshore Ltd, will perform a multi-well programme in the offshore Yumna Field in Block 50 Oman. The programme will consist of the drilling and completion of a new in-field well and the work-over of two existing production wells. The programme will commence in mid-March 2024.

Mr Mike Hopkinson, General Manager of MOL, said, “We are very appreciative of the support and assistance from the Oman Ministry of Energy and Minerals, enabling us to secure the rig in a tight supply environment.”

MOL is the Operator and holds a 100 per cent interest in Block 50 Oman.

Source: Masirah Oil Limited

Hyundai E&C Selected as Preferred Bidder for Large Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria

Hyundai E&C, credited with pioneering South Korea’s entry into the global nuclear power sector through the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant project in the UAE, has been named the preferred bidder for a significant nuclear power project in Bulgaria, signaling its return to the international markets after a hiatus of 15 years. It has been analyzed that the government’s renewed commitment to the revitalization of the nuclear power industry and its continued policy of support for the country’s transition to a nuclear powerhouse is showing tangible results.

Hyundai E&C announced that it has exclusively passed the pre-qualification (PQ) process for the new construction of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria and was granted the approval of the Bulgarian Parliament. Hyundai E&C was named the preferred bidder for the new construction of the Kozloduy NPP, a project to build two additional total 2,200 MW nuclear reactors at the Kozloduy NPP Complex, located about 200 kilometers north of the capital city of Sofia. The final selection of the contractor is expected in April, after negotiations with the project owner, Kozloduy NPP-New Builds (KNPP NB), are complete.

The Kozloduy NPP, responsible for producing one-third of Bulgaria’s electricity, stands as the nation’s inaugural nuclear power facility, established in 1969. Due to their age, Units 1 to 4 were decommissioned, while Units 5 and 6 continue to be in service, utilizing pressurized water reactors of Russian design. The upcoming Units 7 and 8 are set to be equipped with AP1000reactors, with an anticipated operational start by the year 2035.

Hyundai E&C emerged as the sole contractor to fulfill all the rigorous prequalification criteria in the tender, outperforming leading firms like Bechtel and Fluor, and uniquely received parliamentary approval, further affirming its position as a premier global nuclear power plant builder. This achievement is believed to attributable to the government’s initiative to revitalize the nuclear ecosystem and its continued backing for K-NPP, coupled with Hyundai E&C’s extensive construction experience, advanced technology, and robust financial standing.

In fact, Hyundai E&C won the main facility construction of Shin Hanul Units 3 and 4 Nuclear Power Plant, which was reopened last year, continuing its overwhelming record of participating as the main contractor in 24 out of 36 large Korean NPPs at home and abroad, starting with Kori Unit 1, the country’s first nuclear power plant, and expanding to next-generation nuclear power projects such as SMRs after the 2022 U.S.-Korea Summit, as the partnership under the Korea- U.S. Clean Energy Alliance expands to include SMRs.

In addition, obtaining contracts for NPPs abroad will provide opportunities for domestic nuclear power companies to collectively penetrate the associated markets. Through the development of a varied supply system, it is expected to have a significant economic impact on the entire nuclear power sector, including job creation and production promotion.

“The selection as the preferred bidder for the Kozloduy NPP in Bulgaria will signal the renaissance of Korea’s nuclear power industry, which has been somewhat stagnant due to the country’s nuclear phase-out policy,” said a Hyundai E&C official. “Especially in the European market, as the positive trend toward nuclear power is gaining momentum from Green Taxonomy to the Net- Zero Industry Act (NZIA), large-scale orders are expected, so we will strive to deliver more orders through diverse channels, not to mention our participation in Team Korea.

Meanwhile, Hyundai E&C is leading the way in strengthening the status of K-NPPs by expanding its global footprint in the entire nuclear lifecycle, including SMRs, nuclear decommissioning, and spent fuel facilities, in addition to large-scale NPPs, by signing an exclusive agreement with US nuclear power company Holtec International and becoming the first Korean builder to begin designing the first SMR unit in the US.

Source: Hyundai E&C

Aramco Signs Procurement Agreements Worth $6 billion

Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, advanced its strategic localization program by signing 40 corporate procurement agreements worth $6 billion with suppliers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The agreements aim to strengthen Aramco’s domestic supply chain ecosystem, contributing to the Company’s resilience, reliability and ability to meet the evolving needs of its customers. They also provide suppliers with long-term visibility of demand, enabling them to capture future growth and advance localization efforts.

In addition, they contribute to achieving the objectives of Aramco’s iktva program, the Company’s flagship initiative that aims to drive the growth of a vibrant economy, and create new opportunities for Saudi nationals. 

Wail Al Jaafari, Aramco Executive Vice President of Technical Services, said: “The 40 new agreements signed today are expected to contribute to the domestic value chain, and further enhance the ecosystem that Aramco is helping to build. These agreements move us towards a more prosperous, diverse and resilient supply chain, which will help ensure business continuity. They also represent a key milestone on our iktva journey, and provide our partners an opportunity to benefit from a dynamic and increasingly diversified operating environment.” 

Covering a variety of sectors, the new corporate procurement agreements span the supply of a range of products comprising strategic commodities, such as instrumentation, and electrical and drilling equipment. In addition, Aramco signed two Memoranda of Understanding with strategic partners to collaborate on localization and supply chain development.

Source: Aramco

JAPEX, JGC, and “K” LINE Sign a Storage Site Agreement with PETRONAS and PETROS for the CCS Project in Malaysia

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) (hereinafter referred collectively as the “Japan Consortium (JC)”) have agreed and signed the Storage Site Agreement (“SSA”) with PETRONAS CCS Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (PCCSV) and PETROLEUM Sarawak BERHAD (PETROS) for the M3 depleted field in offshore Sarawak, Malaysia on 26th February 2024.

The SSA not only enables the feasibility studies of the CO2 storage sites starting with the M3 depleted field (M3 CCS Project), but also the planning of relevant CO2 storage site development, including onshore terminals and transportation pipelines, as well as assessment of its techno-commercial feasibility.

This collaboration represents a significant advancement in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, including Malaysia and Japan.

The signatories of the SSA were PETROS Senior Vice President, Sarawak Resource Management Nazrin Banu Shaikh S. Ahmad; PETRONAS CCS Ventures Chief Executive Officer Emry Hisham Yusoff; JAPEX Managing Executive Officer and President of Overseas Business Division II, YAMADA Tomomi; JGC Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer, AIKA Masahiro; and ”K”LINE Managing Executive Officer, Carbon-Neutral Promotion, KANAMORI Satoshi.

Nazrin said, “As the Resource Manager in Sarawak, this step forward signifies our commitment as Sarawak’s economic growth engine leveraging as an enabler. This is the first project for the industry and the impetus to more low-carbon solution projects. We also express our gratitude for the strong support from PETRONAS CCS Ventures and the Japanese Consortium in participating in this project in Sarawak.”

Emry said, “This collaboration is not just a strategic move to unlock potential CCS opportunities in 2 / 3 Malaysia but necessary in addressing climate change as a collective action in achieving a low-carbon future. By securely storing captured CO2 underground, CCS plays a pivotal role in decarbonizing key industries, and it is hoped that this milestone will set an impetus for other CCS initiatives within Malaysia.” “This is in line with PETRONAS CCS Ventures “ commitment in accelerating Malaysia’s potential as a prominent regional hub for CCS. The company continues to undertake deliberate actions to accelerate the development of a sustainable energy portfolio that prioritizes responsible practices,” adds Emry.

YAMADA, representing the Japanese Consortium Parties said, “We are very proud to work with PETRONAS CCS Ventures and PETROS for this epochal project and believe that expertise of each company can make great contribution for realizing the CCS value chain centered on Sarawak aiming at the decarbonization of the APAC region, including Japan.”

By executing SSA for the CCS project in Malaysia, JAPEX, JGC, “K” LINE will contribute towards carbon neutrality in 2050, including the realization of a de-carbonized society in Asia targeted by the “Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI)”.

Source: JGC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: WoodPlc

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

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

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

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

Source: MAIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: MAIRE

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Acciona