Aker Solutions Awards Contract Worth $139M for Nyhamna Gas Plant

Aker Solutions has secured a sizeable contract from Shell to provide brownfield modifications services and maintenance support for the Nyhamna facility in Norway.

Shell, as technical service provider to Gassco, has executed an option to extend a framework agreement for another four years, or until September 2028. The scope of the contract includes maintenance and modification services on the onshore Nyhamna natural gas processing plant in Aukra. The plant serves the Ormen Lange field and is connected to the Polarled pipeline in the Norwegian Sea. 

Aker Solutions has, since 2007, delivered projects and provided services to the Nyhamna facility, where gas first arrives onshore before it transports to the UK.

“This contract will be included in our already strong backlog built on long-term customer relations. We’re pleased that Shell is giving us renewed trust to be its main contractor on this significant facility, and look forward to continuing the successful collaboration,” said Paal Eikeseth, executive vice president and head of Life Cycle, Aker Solutions.

The contract is of significance to the over 150 Aker Solutions’ employees in Kristiansund. 

“This extension secures work for our employees on site at Nyhamna, our engineering office in Kristiansund, and it will provide ripple effects to local subcontractors and others,” said Eikeseth.

The contract will be booked as part of Aker Solutions’ third-quarter order intake.

Source: Aker Solutions

Equinor submits $374 mln Eirin gas field development plan

On behalf of the partnership, Equinor has submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Eirin gas field to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Recoverable reserves in the field are estimated at 27.6 million barrels of oil equivalent, most of which is gas. The Eirin field, which was discovered in 1978, will be developed as a subsea facility tied to the Gina Krog platform in the North Sea. Total investments are estimated at just over NOK 4 billion (2023 NOK).

“Utilising Gina Krog’s infrastructure will enable Eirin to bring new gas to Europe fast, with good profitability and low CO2 emissions from production. The development will extend Gina Krog’s productive life from 2029 to 2036, and will be vital for the Sleipner area,” says Camilla Salthe, Equinor’s senior vice president for field life extension (FLX).

When the energy crisis struck in 2021, there was close cooperation with Norwegian authorities to deliver as much gas as possible to Europe. Increased gas export from Gina Krog, by exporting gas that was previously injected to improve oil recovery, was an important contribution. At the same time, this brought the need to accelerate projects to extend the field life.

Eirin is a central part of this work, and the project has been matured in record time. Production start-up is expected as early as 2025.

“Extending Gina Krog’s productive life also gives us the opportunity to mature additional new reserves in the area. We’re still seeing possibilities for new discoveries, which is why Eirin’s new subsea facility will enable tie-in of new fields,” says Ketil Rongved, Equinor’s vice president for FLX Projects.

With electrification of Gina Krog and partial electrification of Sleipner, production from Eirin will have low emissions, just three kilo of CO2 per barrel of oil equivalents.

The licence partners are Equinor (78.2 percent) and KUFPEC Norway (21.8 percent).

Source: Equinor

Serikandi Kent Energy Solutions awarded EPC by TotalEnergies EP (Brunei) B.V.

Serikandi Kent Energy Solutions Sdn Bhd achieves another milestone with EPC Contract for TotalEnergies’ MLJ Inlet Compression Project in Brunei Darussalam.

Forecasted to take twenty-four months to complete, Serikandi Kent Energy Solutions will manage the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and pre-commissioning of the compressor and associated facilities, utilising Kent’s global expertise and Serikandi’s execution capabilities in Brunei.

This EPC project with TotalEnergies Brunei serves as a launchpad to achieve Serikandi Kent Energy Solution’s mission of bringing world-class expertise to Brunei Darussalam to meet local energy demands in a reliable and cost-efficient manner through a skilled and empowered workforce. The project looks to create additional value for the Bruneian economy, including employment and development opportunities for local Bruneians and enhanced procurement for local suppliers.

Joe McCormick, Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific at Kent commented: We are thrilled to extend our relationship with TotalEnergies in Brunei with this first EPC project in Brunei. Kent’s global expertise, as well as Serikandi’s long-term knowledge and experience in the region, will enable us to support TotalEnergies’ work at MLJ and highlight our commitment to Wawasan Brunei 2035”

CEO of Serikandi Oilfield Services, Revi Bhaskaran, added, “We are proud to continue expanding our work with TotalEnergies in Brunei. This enables us to continue supporting the nation’s economic growth and competitiveness, remaining steadfast in achieving Brunei’s Wawasan 2035 Goals of producing a talented workforce and a diversified and sustainable economy.”

Source: Kent 

TotalEnergies to develop $9bn oil project offshore Suriname

TotalEnergies has announced the launching of the development studies for a large oil project in Block 58, offshore Suriname. TotalEnergies is the operator of Block 58, with a 50% interest, alongside APA Corporation (50%).

Appraisal of the two main oil discoveries, Sapakara South and Krabdagu, was successfully completed in August 2023, with the drilling and testing of three wells, and confirmed combined recoverable resources close to 700 million barrels for the two fields. These reserves, located in water depths between 100 and 1,000 meters, will be produced through a system of subsea wells connected to a FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit) located 150 km off the Suriname coast, with an oil production capacity of 200,000 barrels per day. The project will represent an investment of approximatively $9 billion.

The detailed engineering studies (FEED) will start by end 2023 and the Final Investment Decision is expected by end 2024 with a first production target in 2028.

TotalEnergies is committed to the authorities of Suriname to develop this project in a responsible manner, both by ensuring benefits in terms of job creation and economic activities for Suriname and by using the best available technologies to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, the facilities will be designed for zero flaring, with the associated gas entirely reinjected into the reservoirs. During the upcoming development and production phases, TotalEnergies will continue working closely with the national oil company Staatsolie to reinforce the actions in favor of local content. These actions have already allowed the training of more than 80 people for logistic base operations in Paramaribo during the exploration and appraisal phases.

“The Block 58 development studies that we are launching today are a major step towards the development of the petroleum resources of Suriname. This development is in line with TotalEnergies’ strategy aiming at the development of low cost, low emissions oil resources, and leverages on our Company’s expertise in deep water projects. We will thus contribute to improving the well-being of the people of Suriname”, said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.

“Suriname is going through a challenging economic period. This announcement provides the much-needed outlook towards positive developments for our nation. We are confident that the Surinamese people will benefit from the economic spin-off that will be generated in the next phases. Local entrepreneurs will have to seize the opportunities to provide their services and goods. We will make sure that future income from the offshore oil and gas will be spent wisely. Those incomes will contribute to the prosperity and stability fund, and will be a means to diversify our economy by developing sustainable sectors such as agriculture and tourism” said His Excellency Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname.

“Our company was set-up to find, develop and produce oil in the Offshore. It took huge efforts, great patience and excellent partners to come to this long-awaited moment. We see the momentum, increased understanding of the basin, and diligent execution as key elements for further unlocking the Block 58 and Suriname basin potential in a responsible way”, said Annand Jagesar, CEO of Staatsolie.

Source: TotalEnergies 

KCA Deutag secures $60 million offshore drilling contract extension in Angola

KCA Deutag, a leading drilling, engineering and technology partner, has secured a one-year contract extension, with a value of $60 million, for the provision of drilling operations and maintenance services on two offshore platforms in Angola.

The award will see KCA Deutag continue to deliver core drilling operations and maintenance as well as crane operations and maintenance, materials management, and equipment rental services for an existing customer in Angola, extending the company’s working relationship on the assets beyond 10 years.

Ole Maier, President Offshore for KCA Deutag commented: “This contract extension is testament to our local team’s exceptional track record of performance, safety, and operational excellence. Our unwavering dedication to meeting and exceeding customer expectations, coupled with the delivery of advanced drilling technologies and a highly skilled workforce, has positioned us as a preferred partner for oil and gas exploration and production activities in Angola.

“Having worked in Angola for over 18 years we are proud to contribute to the development of the country’s resources. We look forward to continuing a successful partnership with our customer as we work together to safeguard a sustainable energy supply

Source: KCA Deutag

Hitachi Zosen Inova Wins New Waste to Energy Contract in Zurich

Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has been awarded the contract by Entsorgung + Recycling Zurich, the City of Zurich’s waste management division, to design, build and commission a new state-of-the-art Waste to Energy line at the Hagenholz waste treatment site close to the city’s airport.

A two-line Waste to Energy facility has been located at the Hagenholz site since 1969, with the original lines later replaced in 2008 and 2010. Now Entsorgung + Recycling Zurich has selected HZI to deliver the Hagenholz project: a new third line and the fifth boiler to be built on the same site, which will increase the treatment capacity by 120,000 tonnes of waste each year. It will generate 48MW of thermal power and facilitate the extension of Zurich’s existing district heating system, for which the city’s electorate recently approved a loan of 330 million Swiss francs. Significantly, the energy generated will markedly reduce the need for the oil and gas-powered heating systems currently used by homes and industry in the city, contributing to both a reduction in Zurich’s carbon footprint and enhanced supply security, with less dependence on energy imports.

Once fully commissioned, operations at the Hagenholz line will start in December 2026, producing much-needed electricity and steam for Zurich’s expanding district heating infrastructure.

HZI is extremely proud to have been awarded this important contract by Entsorgung + Recycling Zurich. It will enable more residual waste to be treated at the Hagenholz site, which has been processing waste for over 50 years,” said Fabio Dinale, Executive VP of Business Development at HZI. “Once operational in late 2026, the new and highly efficient line will increase waste thermal treatment and recycling at this Zurich facility by 50%, processing an additional 120,000 tonnes of waste per year. Importantly, this will allow Zurich to increase its energy security, with more heat produced locally and more metals recovered in Switzerland from recycling activities.”

Source: Hitachi Zosen Inova

Worley awarded the FEED work for the Central Queensland Hydrogen (CQ-H2) Project

The project, led by Stanwell Corporation Limited and its consortium members; Iwatani Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Marubeni and Keppel Infrastructure, is the largest investment in an Australian renewable hydrogen project to date. It also ranks in the global top 10 hydrogen projects at the pre-FID stage.

The project initially plans to install up to 640 MW of electrolyzers and produce up to 200 tonnes of gaseous renewable hydrogen per day with offtakers purchasing the gas to convert to renewable ammonia or liquified hydrogen. The project also aims to deliver renewable hydrogen via its different carriers, to Japan and Singapore, as well as supplying large domestic customers in Central Queensland.

We previously worked on the project as a technical advisor during the initial feasibility study phase. Now, our scope is to supply the FEED study for the Hydrogen Production Facility (HPF) and Hydrogen Transfer Facility (HTF). Along with the pre-FEED study for the Hydrogen Liquefaction Facility (HLF).

The project is backed by funding from all consortium members, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and the Queensland Government’s Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. At its peak, the project is expected to support more than 8,900 new jobs, deliver $17.2 billion in hydrogen exports, and add $12.4 billion to Queensland’s Gross State Product over its 30-year life.

Commercial operations are expected to start in 2028. If successful, the project will ramp up in future phases to full-scale operations of approximately 2,240 MW of  electrolyzer capacity, capable of producing 800 tonnes per day of gaseous renewable hydrogen by 2031.

At the Front End Engineering and Design investment signing, Chief Executive Officer of Stanwell Corporation Michael O’Rourke said “The advancement of this important hydrogen project is great news for Central Queensland, where the project could create thousands of jobs and deliver billions of dollars in economic benefit”.

“The Central Queensland Hydrogen Project is a landmark project, set to propel Stanwell’s operations, the Gladstone region, and Queensland as a whole into a leading exporter of green energy,” said Gillian Cagney, President – Australia & New Zealand for Worley.

“Our work with Stanwell to date demonstrates our unique ability to support projects right from early concept studies into front-end design, and we are looking to continue that support post-FID into the execution stage. The project is aligned with our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world and is set to play a pivotal role in Australia’s decarbonization journey.”

Source: Worley

Wood and Harbour Energy agree new $330m strategic partnership

Wood and Harbour Energy (Harbour), the UK’s largest oil and gas producer, have entered into a new strategic partnership for UK North Sea operations agreeing a new master services agreement (MSA) and associated contracts valued at around $330 million.

Under this new agreement, Wood will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) services, including digital and decarbonisation solutions, for a number of Harbour’s offshore assets critical to UK energy security.

The strategic partnership will run for an initial term of five years, with five one-year extension options covering Harbour’s operated assets, including its J-Area, Greater Britannia Area, Solan and AELE (Armada, Everest, Lomond and Erskine) hubs.

Steve Nicol, Wood’s Executive President of Operations, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been selected and trusted by Harbour Energy to partner with them across their North Sea assets. We share a commitment to ensuring safe, reliable and sustainable energy production and are confident our integrated digital solutions and world-leading engineering, operations and decarbonisation expertise will enable Harbour to maximise their investment and ensure the UK continues to have the energy mix it needs.

“We have worked on North Sea assets for more than 50 years and excel in designing and managing the complexity of energy infrastructure while at the same time seeking to minimise associated emissions. This new agreement and new contracts are testament to Wood’s role as a trusted technical partner to the energy companies of the future, where our priority is to help our clients deliver the energy the world needs and be able to transition to a low carbon future.”

Audrey Stewart, Harbour Energy’s Vice President of Supply Chain, said: “Harbour is excited to develop our relationship with Wood and the signing of this contract is an important step forward in establishing our suite of long-term strategic partnerships across our North Sea assets.”

This partnership will support the employment of hundreds of people from Wood’s Operations business in Aberdeen and offshore across the two EPC and O&M contracts, with further recruitment expected in 2024.

Source: Wood

Technip Energies Awarded EPF Contract for Hydrogen Production Unit at bp’s Kwinana Biorefinery

Technip Energies has been awarded a significant contract by bp for a hydrogen production unit at its Kwinana biorefinery in Western Australia, in support of the planned project to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel from bio feedstocks.

The contract covers Engineering, Procurement and Fabrication (EPF) of a modularized hydrogen production unit with a capacity of 33,000 normal m3/hour, using Technip Energies’ SMR proprietary technology. Hydrogen is used for the conversion of bio feedstocks into biofuels such as SAF and biodiesel. The unit will be capable of producing hydrogen from either natural gas or biogas produced by the Kwinana biorefinery.

It is planned to integrate with the site’s existing import terminal operations and plans for green hydrogen production, which are currently being assessed. The Kwinana Renewable Fuels project is one of five biofuel production projects bp has planned globally.

Loic Chapuis, SVP Gas & Low-carbon Energies of Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased to build on our global leadership in the delivery of hydrogen production units to support bp’s expansion of its biofuels and sustainable aviation fuel businesses. By leveraging our expertise in modularization and proprietary hydrogen technology, we are committed to making this project an industrial success.”

Source: Technip Energies

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

The Power Transmission & Distribution Business of Larsen & Toubro has secured new orders in the Middle East.

In the United Arab Emirates, the Business has received an order to establish a 220kV Gas Insulated Substation and associated Transmission Lines from a well-established service provider to the energy industry.

Further, orders to establish 2 New 132kV Substations have been received from a public services infrastructure company in Dubai and another order to build a 220kV overhead Transmission Line has been secured in the region.

In Kuwait, an order has been secured for turnkey construction of 4 new 132kV Substations in the Al Sabah Medical District. The scope also includes associated Control, Protection, Automation and Communication systems and related Civil & Mechanical works.

Additional orders have been received in the ongoing jobs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Lamprell Awarded Contract by NPCC to Deliver Offshore Jackets

Lamprell is pleased to announce that NPCC has awarded it five jackets for an oil & gas sector project based in the Middle East. The project scope consists of the fabrication, painting and load-out of five offshore jackets and boat landings with an optional scope, which includes the supply and fabrication of grillage and sea-fastening of the structures.

CEO Ian Prescott was delighted with the award, commenting: “It gives me great pleasure to announce this award for the construction of five jackets with an overall fabrication weight of almost 14,000 tonnes.

We will approach this project with the same passion and determination that have fueled our achievements in the past to ensure we deliver an outstanding project safely. I extend my sincere gratitude to NPCC for this important project award. It is another indication of the progress Lamprell is making through its key strategic partnerships in the Middle East region.”

Source: Lamprell

Metito-Wabag JV Wins EPC Contract for SE Asia’s Largest Desalination Plant

The JV of VA TECH WABAG (WABAG) a global leader in innovative water management solutions and Metito – a leading provider of intelligent water solutions signed the contract to develop a 400,000m³/day Perur Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). The project aims to enhance water security and ensure a steadfast supply of clean potable water to over 2.7 million people residing in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu’s South Chennai area.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru M. K. Stalin, laid the foundation stone for the plant at a ceremony in the state-capital Chennai marking an important milestone for the entire region.

The scope of the JV –covers the entire spectrum of project development – from design and engineering to procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning over a period of 42 months, which will followed by 20 years of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the plant. The desalination process includes Lamella Clarifiers, Dissolved Air Flotation System, Gravity Dual Media Filters, Reverse Osmosis, and Re-mineralization. The joint venture will be led by WABAG,  headquartered in India.

Commenting on the contract award, Fady Juez, Metito’s Managing Director, said, “, “It’s an honor to develop this landmark desalination project alongside our partner in India. The world is facing significant water scarcity issues, and the need for climate-resilient, sustainable water infrastructure is critical. India is a region of high stress due to various factors and securing million liters of desalinated water daily is inherently aligned with our founding principles of Impact, Sustainability, and Innovation. The Indian Government has been promoting various adaptation and preservation strategies to manage water resources more effectively and this project will be a benchmark project for, Chennai, India, and the entire Southeast Asia water scene. We look forward to applying our high-value engineering and integrating the latest technologies to ensure optimum performance and world-class quality output. “

Commenting on this monumental achievement, Mr. Rajiv Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, VA Tech WABAG, Said, “We are glad to be part of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu’s sustainable initiatives for ensuring water security for Chennai City through using innovative water solutions. With the completion of the project, Chennai will emerge as the Desalination Capital of India, with producing over 750 million liters of desalinated water every day out of which WABAG’s contribution will rise to an impressive 70%. The 400 MLD SWRO Desalination Plant will stand as a testament to ingenuity, innovation, and a shared vision for a more sustainable and resilient future for the city and the state. The undertaking of this project underscores WABAG’s dominant position in the global desalination market.”

Source: Metito

QatarEnergy awards Técnicas Reunidas additional EPC off-plot facilities work for NFS Project worth $560 million

QatarEnergy has awarded Técnicas Reunidas additional Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) work including the pipelines, interconnections, ancillary systems, and other supporting components for the LNG Offplot facilities for the North Field South Project.

This award reinforces the relationship between QatarEnergy and Técnicas Reunidas which is currently executing the EPC works for the expansion of the Condensate, LPG, and MEG storage, distribution, and associated facilities for the North Field Expansion Project. Tecnicas Reunidas is also executing the EPC works for the Sulfur Handling Facility for the North Field Expansion Project in a Joint Venture with Wison Engineering Ltd.

The new scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of a range of off–plot facilities. These include the LNG rundown lines, boil–off gas (BOG) recovery and utility pipelines that will connect the southern part of Ras Laffan Industrial City to new storage tanks and export facilities in RLIC.

The scope of the project also includes the commissioning of LNG Tanks, an LNG loading berth, BOG compressors, and associated equipment.

Total contract value is around 560 million USD.

The North Field, located north–east of the Qatar peninsula, is the largest non–associated natural gas field in the world. It makes Qatar the country with the third largest proven reserves in the world, estimated at 10% of the world’s known natural gas reserves.

This award cements Técnicas Reunidas’ relationship with QatarEnergy as Tecnicas Reunidas has been working on large–scale projects related to the expansion of the North Field since 2021.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

L&T secures order for Perdaman’s Urea Plant in Australia

The Saipem & Clough JV (SCJV), Australia has awarded a contract for fabrication and supply of process and piperack modules for a 2.3 MMTPA urea plant for Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd to L&T Energy Hydrocarbon. The plant will be constructed on the Burrup Peninsula, approximately 20 km north of Karratha, Western Australia. On completion, this state-of-the-art facility will be the largest urea plant in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The scope comprises about 50,000 MT of modules to be delivered in 32 months. These modules will be fabricated at L&T’s Kattupalli Modular Fabrication Facility. Fabricated Modules will be shipped in a fully tested, pre-commissioned and ready to install condition to the project site in Australia. 

Further, L&T Heavy Engineering was successful in securing multiple orders for the complete package of Urea Equipment for the same project. The equipment to be supplied consists of Urea Reactors, Carbamate Separators, Carbamate Condensers and Urea Strippers. This order reinforces L&T’s dominance in the manufacturing and supply of urea equipment with Snamprogetti (TM) Technology. 

The scope comprises about 1,160 MT of equipment to be delivered progressively in 25 months. 

These orders were awarded against stiff international competition signifying both Perdaman’s and SCJV’s faith in L&T’s reliability and commitment. 

Perdaman Chairperson, Mr. Vikas Rambal stated, “The state-of-the-art facility will help to ensure that Australia has a secure and reliable source of high-quality urea and therefore food security. Perdaman’s foundational mission is to unify the International and Australian expertise to create a better tomorrow and we are very proud to embed our mission into Project Ceres. Larsen and Toubro have gone through SCJV’s meticulous tender process and have been awarded a significant package of modular fabrication based on their technical expertise, quality, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), and operational excellence. We look forward to achieving this critical milestone with SCJV and L&T.” 

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Subramanian Sarma, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Energy) said, “This project award is yet another testament to our capabilities, reinforcing our position among the leading module fabricators globally. This milestone aligns with our strategic goal of expanding geography and client base and underscores our commitment to extend the concept of modularization to onshore projects.”

Source: L&T

Wood secures extension to brownfield projects EPCM contract with Woodside Energy

Wood has been awarded a contract extension to October 2025 for brownfield engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCm) by Woodside Energy (Woodside), to support ongoing operations of the North West Shelf (NWS) Project in Australia.

For more than 35 years, Wood has reliably delivered complex projects for Woodside with a focus on safety, value, sustainability, and schedule requirements. Through this period, Wood has executed work scopes designed to extend asset life and digitalise and optimise processes.

“Our long-term relationship with Woodside demonstrates the strength and reliability of Wood’s operational delivery in Australia.  It’s also a great example of our technical expertise, commitment to performance excellence, and relentless focus on safe operations across our business” says Ralph Ellis, Wood’s President of Operations in Asia Pacific.

Wood has also been selected by Woodside to deliver the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Goodwyn Alpha Low-Low Pressure (LLP) Project, offshore Western Australia.

This work will see Wood’s teams in Perth provide engineering design to incorporate the additional compression required to enhance production from the asset, as well as required modifications to existing facilities.

Woodside operates the NWS Project on behalf of the NWS Joint Venture participants.

Source: Wood 

JGC Awarded Contract for Bio API Manufacturing Facility Construction Project

JGC Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce that JGC Japan Corporation has been awarded a construction project for a new bioactive pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility by Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. group member Chugai Pharma Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

The project calls for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for a facility to be built at the Utsunomiya Plant of Chugai Pharma Manufacturing in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. The lump-sum contract is for an undisclosed amount, with completion of construction scheduled for May 2026.

The market for biopharmaceuticals has been expanding rapidly in recent years as highly effective drugs that act on specific cells and tissues and have few side effects.

In this project, a new bio-API manufacturing building (UT3) which will be responsible for the manufacture of clinical development products from the middle to later-stage, including those for Phase 1 and 2 investigational drugs, as well as early-stage commercial products will be constructed. This will further strengthen the in-house supply foundation from clinical development to initial production, thereby contributing to the rapid launch of in-house products.

The plant improves production efficiency through the implementation of new continuous production functions by introducing perfusion culture in addition to the conventional batch-type production system, and also works on measures to reduce environmental impacts (CFC-free design and energy-saving design) promoted by the company, thus contributing to the realization of next-generation biopharmaceutical plants.

As a leading contractor in the pharmaceutical field in Japan, the JGC Group has engaged in the design and construction of numerous pharmaceutical plants for about half a century since the 1980s. In addition to this extensive experience and knowledge, we believe this latest order is the result of the positive evaluation of our execution performance in the construction project of an API synthesis facility for low and mid-molecular weight pharmaceuticals currently underway at the Fujieda plant of the company.

Biopharmaceuticals require a high level of engineering due to the complexity of their molecular structures. The Group will continue to respond to these increasingly sophisticated manufacturing technologies and diversifying customer needs with optimal solutions that leverage its knowledge and technologies based on its proven track record, thereby contributing to the development of the pharmaceuticals field and responding to the world’s medical needs.

Source: JGC Holdings Corporation

Saipem awarded offshore EPCIC contract for BGUP project in Libya worth $1 billion

Saipem has been awarded a new contract by Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V. Libyan Branch, a consortium formed by National Oil Corporation of Libya and Eni North Africa, for the development of the Bouri Gas Utilisation Project (BGUP), worth approximately 1 billion USD.

Saipem will undertake revamping of the platforms and of the facilities of the Bouri gas field, which lies in water depths between 145 m and 183 m, offshore the Libyan coast. The contract entails the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of an approximately 5,000-ton Gas Recovery Module (GRM), onto the existing DP4 offshore facility, together with the laying of 28 km of pipelines connecting the DP3, DP4 and Sabratha platforms.

The main lifting operations will be executed by the semi-submersible crane vessel Saipem 7000. With this award, Saipem confirms its commitment and competitive positioning offshore Libya. The completion of the project will make an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in Libya.

Pursuant to Article 6 of the Consob Regulation on related party transactions, Saipem informs that the above transaction qualifies as a “related party transaction”, since Eni S.p.A. jointly controls both Saipem and Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V.. The transaction, which qualifies as a “transaction of greater importance” pursuant to the Management System Guideline “Transactions with Related Parties and Parties of Interest” adopted by Saipem, falls under the exclusion provided for by Article 9 of the mentioned procedure and Article 13, paragraph 3, letter c) of the aforementioned Consob Regulation, as it is a “regular transaction completed in market-equivalent or standard terms”.

Source: Saipem 

Hyundai E&C Wins $145 Million Won Project to Build a 525kV HVDC Transmission Line in Saudi Arabia

Hyundai E&C has won Saudi’s High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Line project, further solidifying the its position in the key overseas construction market of Saudi Arabia.

Hyundai E&C announced that it has signed a $145 million contract for the ‘Saudi’s Neom-Yanbu 525㎸ High-Voltage Direct Current(HVDC) Transmission Line Construction Project’ ordered by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC-COA).

The Saudi Neom-Yanbu 525kV HVDC Transmission Line Construction Project aims to expand Saudi’s power grid by building a 605km-long HVDC transmission line from the Yanbu region, a major power production hub on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, to the new city of Neom. As part of the project, Hyundai E&C will implement the portion 1 involving the construction of 207 kilometers of transmission lines and 450 transmission towers, which is slated for completion in July 2027.

The HVDC transmission is a technology that converts alternating current (AC) power generated by a power plant into high-voltage direct current and transmits it to the destination. Compared to AC transmission, HVDC has less energy loss during the long-distance transmission and is compatible with AC systems regardless of frequency, making it excellent in terms of stability and efficiency. It is especially useful for the transmission of renewable energy such as solar and offshore wind power, gaining traction as a next-generation transmission technology.

Hyundai E&C, which has successfully executed a number of power grid projects ordered by SEC-COA and established a strong relationship of trust, won the project as a turnkey contract for the entire process of design, procurement, and construction, thus reaffirming its excellence in world-class technology and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) capabilities.

Since its first transmission line project in Saudi Arabia in 1976, Hyundai E&C has successfully completed a total of 33 transmission line projects over the past 50 years. Including the current projects, such as the Hail-Al-Jouf 380㎸ transmission line, Hyundai E&C-built power grid in Saudi Arabia totals more than 20,000 kilometers, or half the length of the Earth. Following the construction of the 500㎸ HVDC transmission line – the first high-voltage direct current transmission line in Saudi Arabia – Hyundai E&C is leading the expansion of the country’s power grid with the latest 525㎸ HDVC line construction project.

In addition, Hyundai E&C has been very active in the Saudi power transmission and distribution sector, having completed the new Jubail 380㎸ substation, the single largest high-voltage substation in Saudi Arabia (2019), and executed about 70 projects, including the Rafha Substation and the Shoaiba Substation expansion project.

“Since first entering the Saudi construction market in 1975, Hyundai E&C has reliably executed 16 large-scale projects, including the Amiral Project and the Neom Running Tunnel, on the back of Saudi government’s and the clients’ trust,” said an official from Hyundai E&C. “We will contribute to the expansion of the Saudi power grid by successfully delivering the project for building HVDC transmission line, which is gaining attention as the core of the renewable energy grid industry, and further expand our presence in the field of net-zero power infrastructure.”

Source: Hyundai E&C

Wood signs global framework agreement with Shell

Wood, a global consulting and engineering company, has been awarded a multi-year enterprise framework agreement (EFA) to continue to provide services to Shell’s global projects.

Bringing specialist consulting, engineering, procurement and project management expertise to Shell’s greenfield and brownfield projects, the agreement will see Wood continue to support projects that ensure energy security and enable energy transition projects focused on carbon capture, low-carbon fuels and hydrogen. Wood will deploy expertise in decarbonisation, digitalisation and asset life extension to enhance Shell assets worldwide.

Under the three-year framework, with options for two one-year extensions, services will be provided by Wood’s consulting and engineering teams in Europe, North America, Latin America, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Ken Gilmartin, Wood’s CEO, said: “This award continues a 70-year relationship between Shell and Wood, spanning more than 20 countries and numerous major projects. Complex project excellence is where we excel and we are aligned with Shell in our strategic ambitions to deliver the energy the world needs today while simultaneously delivering the energy transition at pace. We look forward to continuing to partner with Shell as we work to design a better energy future together.”

Source: Wood

Technip Energies and Enerkem Signs an MOU for Biofuels and Circular Chemicals Technology Deployment

Technip Energies and Enerkem Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into a Collaboration Agreement aimed at accelerating the deployment of Enerkem’s technology platform for biofuels and circular chemical products from non-recyclable waste materials.

Enerkem specializes in the development and commercialization of its groundbreaking gasification technology transforming non-recyclable waste into biofuels, low-carbon fuels and circular chemicals, catering to hard-to-abate sectors such as sustainable aviation and marine fuels. Since 2016, Enerkem has been operating a commercial demonstration scale facility in Alberta, Canada. Additionally, the company is currently involved in the development and construction of new commercial-scale waste-to-methanol facilities in Canada and Europe.

Technip Energies, having successfully executed bio and low-carbon fuels projects worldwide, will contribute its expertise in engineering, technology integration and project delivery to support projects developed by Enerkem. This partnership will enhance Enerkem’s project delivery capacity and speed. Furthermore, the collaboration will focus on strategic efforts to optimize design elements and industrialize the approach through the replication of Enerkem’s designs for future projects.

To expedite the deployment of its technology, Enerkem intends to establish a Development Company (DevCo). The purpose of DevCo is to acquire sites and secure relevant permits for the replicable methanol biorefinery design, supporting the production of bio and low-carbon fuels, as well as circular chemicals.

Dominique Boies, CEO of Enerkem, stated: “We are excited to partner with Technip Energies to accelerate the deployment of Enerkem’s technology in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Technip Energies’ extensive expertise will enable Enerkem’s clients to benefit from projects speed to market and cost efficiencies, supporting their decarbonization efforts and sustainability goals.”

Bhaskar Patel, SVP Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity of Technip Energies, said: “We are pleased to join forces with Enerkem on the deployment of its technology platform to convert waste into sustainable and valuable end products such as biofuels. By leveraging our expertise in engineering, sustainable chemistry, and biofuels projects, we will support project execution and Enerkem’s technology deployment.”

Source: Technip Energies

Saipem awarded two new E&C offshore contracts in Romania and in Germany with a total value of around 1.8 billion euro

Saipem has been awarded two new contracts for E&C offshore activities in Europe, specifically in Romania and in Germany, with a total value of approximately 1.8 billion euro.

The first contract relates to the Neptun Deep Gas Development Project located in the Black Sea, Romania, for which the award procedure was completed by OMV Petrom. The scope of work entails the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCIC) of a gas processing platform at around100 metre water depth, three subsea developments (respectively at around1000 metre water depth in the Domino field and at around100 metre water depth in the Pelican field), a 30” gas pipeline around160 km long, and associated fiber optic cable from the shallow water platform to the Romanian coast. The gas processing platform will be fabricated at Saipem’s yards in Italy and Indonesia, and the offshore operations will be performed by the Saipem 7000 and JSD 6000 vessels. The technological tests and analyzes for the materials used in the project will be carried out in Romania, through the local entity of Saipem in Ploiesti.

A second contract has been awarded to Saipem by GASCADE Gastransport GmbH to execute the pipelaying of the “Ostsee Anbindungsleitung”, in the Pomeranian Bay in north-eastern Germany.

Saipem’s activities entail the transportation and installation of a 48” gas line of around 50 km, from the Lubmin site, in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, to the Mukran port, along the east coast of the Rügen island, and the construction of landfalls, utilizing its own pipelay barge Castoro 10. The “Ostsee Anbindungsleitung” is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2024.

These awards confirm Saipem’s key role and its ability to design and realize the infrastructures necessary for the entire natural gas value chain.

Source: Saipem

JGC Awarded EPC Contract for Binary Geothermal Power Generation Project in the Philippines

JGC Holdings Corporation announced that JGC Philippines, Inc. (JGC Philippines) has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract from Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for the Balance of Plant package of a geothermal power generation project planned in Mahanagdong District, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines.

This geothermal power plant will apply Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) binary technology to generate an additional 28 MW of electricity power by recovering thermal energy from the existing geothermal brine resource at the Mahanagdong Geothermal Power Plant. JGC Philippines will provide EPC services to EDC which include construction and commissioning works of the powerplant. ORC technology will be designed and supplied by Exergy International Srl (Exergy) who has a supply portfolio of over 500MWe in capacity.

Geothermal power generation is currently being actively developed in the Philippines as it is a stable, climate-independent source of energy. EDC is a leading Philippines-based renewable energy developer and one of the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal producers with almost 50 years of expertise in geothermal technology. The Philippines has the third largest installed geothermal capacity in the world after the US and Indonesia

JGC Philippines has been providing EPC and operation and maintenance services to clients in the Philippines for over 30 years. JGC Philippines’s demonstrated track record and strong project execution capabilities were highly evaluated by EDC and led to the award of this project.

This project has been selected for Financing Programme for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Model Projects in FY2022. The programme is administered by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and its implementing organization, the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC). JGC Corporation, as a representative participant, has supported EDC for this project which will both support reducing carbon emissions in the Philippines and contribute to Japan’s attainment of its CO2 reduction target.

JGC Philippines is a part of JGC Asia Pacific Group (JGC Asia Pacific) which is led by JGC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd which was established in Singapore last year. This was created to strengthen its regional management in line with the JGC Group’s long-term management vision “2040 Vision” and to implement the key strategy of “Expanding growth markets and areas of EPC business” as set out in the Group’s medium-term management plan “BSP2025”.

JGC Asia Pacific aims to expand its business by supporting the sales and project execution of Group companies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia as a control base for the Asia-Pacific region. This project is part of these activities, and JGC Asia Pacific will continue to actively support its clients in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia by providing low-carbon and decarbonization solutions.

Source: JGC Holdings Corporation

Tecnicas Reunidas, Ansaldo Energia Awarded a Contract by RWE to Build a Hydrogen Plant in Germany

German utility RWE, the country’s largest electricity producer, has signed a contract with the consortium formed by Técnicas Reunidas and Ansaldo Energia for the development of a hydrogen-ready combined cycle power plant as part of the company’s decarbonization and energy transition plan.

The planned powerplant will use Ansaldo Energia’s GT36 turbine, which is capable of generating electricity with up to 50%vol hydrogen mixed with natural gas, with the potential to upgrade to 100% hydrogen. 

The plant with a capacity of 800 MW and 62 % efficiency is planned to be built on the existing RWE site of Weisweiler, near Cologne. Currently, there are four lignite-fired steam power plants in Weisweiler, which have to be closed under the German Coal exit law.  The planned CCGT will help to provide dispatchable generation while reducing climate-changing emissions and allow further penetration of intermittent renewable energy in the market, which is crucial for the success of the German energy transition.

The scope of Técnicas Reunidas’ work will include the engineering of the permitting phase, which is to start immediately. Further parts of the contract awarded to Técnicas Reunidas contain the project engineering, supply of auxiliary equipment and the construction, commissioning and start-up of the plant. These are subject to RWE’s final investment decision, which will be taken after all the necessary permits have been obtained and once there is clarity about the overall economic viability of the project.

Ansaldo Energia will supply the GT36 gas turbine – the company’s most powerful and efficient gas turbine – and the steam turbine, its corresponding generators, the heat recovery boiler and other equipment.

The project will start with a permitting phase in which Técnicas Reunidas will undertake the preparation of the engineering and documentation necessary for its completion. This permitting phase is expected to take approximately two years. The construction phase, could start in 2025 and is expected to take 40 months.

Roger Miesen, CEO RWE Generation SE: “RWE is ready to play its part in green supply security by building hydrogen-ready gas-fired power plants, thus enabling the German phase-out of coal by 2030. With the commissioned approval planning for Weisweiler, we are making progress towards ensuring completion of this 800 megawatt plant by the end of the decade”

As for Técnicas Reunidas, Business Development Director for Energy Transition & Power, Gonzalo Pardo Mocoroa, stressed that this major project “is part of the long experience accumulated by our company in the development of facilities that use fuels that are essential for the energy transition and of the strong momentum we are currently giving to our decarbonization activities”.

“This is the first GT36 turbine that could be installed in Germany. It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by one of the leading European utilities to be part of the country’s decarbonization process” says Fabrizio Fabbri, CEO Ansaldo Energia. “We are supplying our top-of-the-range engine with its unmatched operational flexibility, particularly in view of the unique sequential combustion to burn already today 50%vol hydrogen to support RWE in its ambitious plan to increase low-emission energy production”.

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

McDermott Awarded PMC & EPCM Contract for Petrochemical Expansion Project

McDermott has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) and engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Naphtha Cracker Expansion (Phase II) polypropylene expansion and new ethylene derivative unit project from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). The project is located at the Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, located 62 miles (100 kilometers) from New Delhi, India.

The project will increase the ethylene production capacity of the naphtha cracker unit (NCU) by approximately 20 percent. The additional ethylene and propylene production will act as feed for downstream polymer units. The polymer products will be used for the manufacture of household and industrial items, including containers, automobile parts, furniture, and heavy-duty films.

McDermott is currently executing four other projects for IOCL, including the maleic anhydride (MAH) unit at the same site, allowing us to leverage our local resources and expertise while realizing synergies,” said Vaseem Khan, Senior Vice President, Global Operations. “Furthermore, the project supports the growing demand for ethylene and propylene which will reduce imports and accelerate economic development in the area.”

McDermott will provide comprehensive EPCM services and overall project management for the duration of the project, which will be executed from its Center of Excellence in Gurugram, India.

Source: McDermott 

Chiyoda Awarded an EPC Contract for a 1 Barrel per Day synthetic fuel Production Test Plant

Chiyoda Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract by ENEOS Corporation (Customer) for a 1 Barrel per Day (1B/D) synthetic fuel Production test plant.

The plant is part of a technology development project being conducted by the Customer, under the ‘Green Innovation Fund Project: Development of Technology for Producing Fuel Using CO2 (Project No.: JPNP21022)’, funded by the National Research and Development Agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Chiyoda will engineer, procure and construct the 1B/D test plant to produce synthetic fuels made from CO2 and hydrogen, for the future large-scale production of carbon-neutral fuels.

The purpose of test plant is to evaluate elemental technologies to improve the yield of liquid fuels to 80% or more and to demonstrate the integrated production of synthetic fuels with the aim of reducing the cost of future synthetic fuels.

Through this award, Chiyoda will contribute to the early social implementation of synthetic fuel production technology, key to realizing a carbon neutral society.

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Fluor Awarded EPC Contract for Mitsubishi Chemical Group Project in UK

Fluor Corporation announced that it was awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract by Mitsubishi Chemical Group for its SoarnoL ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) facility in Saltend Chemicals Park, Hull, United Kingdom. Fluor booked its undisclosed portion of the contract in the second quarter of 2023.

“Fluor values our relationship with Mitsubishi Chemical Group,” said Jim Breuer, group president of Fluor’s Energy Solutions business. “We are excited to be a part of this important project that will reduce food waste, resulting in decreased methane emissions from landfills and a lower carbon footprint. As we collaborate with our clients to build a better world, this leads to positive societal benefits for people and our

SoarnoL is a high gas-barrier resin used to produce packaging materials that help extend the flavor and quality of foods, resulting in reduced food waste. In addition, multilayer films containing SoarnoL are certified as highly recyclable in combination with Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s recycling compatibilizer Soaresin.

Fluor’s scope of work consists of modifications to the existing facility and a new, second production line that will increase capacity by 21,000 tons per year. When completed and operational, the Saltend Chemicals Park EVOH facility will be Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s second-largest SoarnoL site in the world. Mechanical completion is scheduled for the summer of 2025.

Source: Fluor Corporation

ANDRITZ Awarded FEED Contract by Koppö Energia for Green Hydrogen Plant

Koppö Energia of Finland has selected the international technology group ANDRITZ to perform the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for a large-scale plant to produce green hydrogen.

This order is a milestone in ANDRITZ’s strategy to become one of the world’s leading industrial partners for large-scale green hydrogen production plants.

The plant, with a capacity of 200 MW, will be built in Kristinestad, Finland as part of a Power-to-X project. The customer, Koppö Energia, is a joint venture of Germany-based Prime Capital, a renowned asset manager specializing in alternative energy projects, and CPC Finland, a subsidiary of project developer and green power producer CPC Germania.

The Front-End Engineering Design provided by ANDRITZ will include the complete hydrogen plant, incorporating the alkaline electrolyzer technology of HydrogenPro. Based on the design, the joint venture intends to place the order for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the green hydrogen production plant at the beginning of 2024.

CEO Joachim Schönbeck said: “Green hydrogen will play an essential role in the clean energy transition. We are very happy to have received our first order in this sector and confident that – based on our long track record of implementing large-scale projects – we can contribute to making this project a success.”

“We conducted a diligent selection process before awarding the FEED agreements for our energy transition project. ANDRITZ convinced us with their comprehensive solution and system integration expertise,” said Thomas Zirngibl, Board Member, Koppö Energia Oy.

The hydrogen in Kristinestad will be produced using renewable energy, mainly wind power. Up to 500 MW of wind and 100 MW of photovoltaics power will be developed under the Koppö Energy Cluster to supply the green hydrogen plant with electricity.

Hydrogen produced from renewable sources is considered a virtually carbon-free energy carrier, making it a vital component in combating climate change. The plan for the green hydrogen produced in Kristinestad is to process it into sustainable liquefied synthetic methane (SLSM) for fueling heavy transport in a sustainable way.

In general, green hydrogen and its derivates are expected to replace fossil fuels on a large scale in the future, especially in energy-intensive, hard-to-abate industries such as steel, cement and chemical, as well as transport by ships and trucks.

Source: ANDRITZ 

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

The Power Transmission & Distribution Business of Larsen & Toubro has secured new orders in India and abroad. 

On the domestic front, the Business has won an order to implement SCADA/DMS and related IT infrastructure for urban area power distribution systems in central Gujarat. The scope also involves Information Storage & Retrieval, Front End Processing, Outage Management, Network Management, Dispatcher Training Simulation, Local Data Monitoring, etc. with the requisite security systems. 

Another order has been secured to build a 400kV Double Circuit Transmission Line in Jharkhand. The 133 KM line is associated with the evacuation of power from a generating station. 

In the Middle East, the Business has received an order for the construction of a ±525kV High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission segment. This link is part of a large capacity, Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC system that connects Neom Industrial City and Yanbu city in western Saudi Arabia. 

In the Sarawak region of Malaysia, the Business has bagged an order, in a consortium, to establish a 275kV Substation. Once completed, the project will help improve power supply reliability in major load centers on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo.

Source: L&T Construction

Chiyoda Awarded FEED Contract for Chemical Transformation Plant

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract from SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (Customer) for a carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) chemical transformation plant (pre-treatment process for supplying bioreactors).

This plant will be used for research and development of the ‘Promotion of Carbon Recycling Using CO2 from Bio-manufacturing Technology as a Direct Raw Material | NEDO Green Innovation Fund Projects’ by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This efficient technology transforming CO2 to CO has been developed with a CO2 conversion rate of 90% or higher, and termed ‘Chemical Looping Technology’ by the customer. In addition to introducing the technology to the pre-treatment process for supplying gas for bioreactors, the FEED scope also includes a CO2 capture plant from combustion gas to produce the raw materials for the reaction, a hydrogen generation system, and other equipment associated with Chemical Looping Technology.

CO is a key raw material for carbon neutralitytechnologies with future demand expected to increase, Chiyoda recognizes the significance of Chemical LoopingTechnology in producing CO, and will activelycooperate with its social implementation plan following FEED.

As an integrated engineering company, Chiyoda is actively involved in the social implementation of technologies to realize carbon neutrality, including CCUS, and will continue contributing to the development of a sustainable society in line with our management philosophy of ‘Energy and Environment in Harmony’.

Source: Chiyoda

Wood awarded FEED & EPCm contract for Europe’s largest high-purity manganese processing facility

Wood, a global consulting and engineering company, has been awarded a major award by Euro Manganese to deliver a unique mineral project critical to the energy transition.  This cost-reimbursable contract will be delivered by Wood’s Projects business unit and is in line with Wood’s end market growth strategy.

Wood will deliver front-end engineering and design (FEED) and EPCm solutions for Europe’s largest proposed high-purity manganese processing facility as part of the Chvaletice Manganese Project, in the Czech Republic.

This unique and innovative project involves the processing of historic mine tailings, traditionally a waste product, to extract manganese deposits from a decommissioned mine.

Manganese is recognised as an essential mineral used in most lithium-ion batteries and the European Commission recently included it on its list of critical minerals. The Chvaletice site is the only significant identified source of manganese in the European Union. Demand for manganese is forecast to increase almost eight-fold over the next ten years in response to the dramatic uptake in electric vehicle adoption making the need for sustainable mining solutions critical.

Ken Gilmartin, CEO at Wood, said: “This project holds real significance for Wood as we continue to lead the development of critical mineral projects to support the energy transition. We have the mineral project capability and specialist expertise in advanced hydrometallurgy to successfully deliver this innovative project. This is a perfect example of the kind of projects we are passionate about as we continue to design a sustainable future for energy and materials.”

Dr. Matthew James, President & CEO of Euro Manganese, said: “Awarding the EPCm contract to Wood is the result of an extensive and robust selection process and I am very pleased to be partnering with such a high calibre engineering firm. We look forward to building a world-class facility to produce high-purity manganese, an essential component in most lithium-ion batteries. Together, we are working to advance the global energy transition.”

The combined FEED and EPCm contract has a duration of approximately four years and will be delivered collaboratively by Wood’s Project teams in Perth, Australia and Milan, Italy.

Source: Wood


ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalination, and green hydrogen plants worldwide, along with Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co (HAACO) and Al Moayyed Contracting Group (AMCG), announced the signing of an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with a consortium of Power China, SEPCOIII, and WETICO for the 600,000 m3/day Rabigh 4 Independent Water Plant (IWP) project.

Located in the Kingdom’s Western Province on the Red Sea coast, the total Rabigh 4 IWP project cost is valued at SR 2.54 billion (US$ 677 million) and will mainly serve the Makkah and Madinah regions. Financial close for the project is expected during the third quarter of 2023.

ACWA Power currently operates the Rabigh 3 IWP in the same area, the first desalination plant of its size in the private sector. With the addition of the Rabigh 4 IWP, ACWA Power will double its desalination capacity in the area to 1.2 million m3/day and to 6.8 million m3/day across its portfolio, making it the largest private producer of desalinated water globally.

Mohammad Abunayyan, ACWA Power Chairman ” We are proud to be the world’s largest private company in desalinated water development and production, with the lowest levelised water cost, the largest plant, and the most innovative solutions.

“We are pleased with the continuous progress on the project, which further expands our presence in the key Rabigh region, which supplies water to the two Holy Cities. In the last month, during a record-breaking Hajj season, we have reliably supplied from our plants over two-thirds of the water demand in the holy sites, and I am thankful to all our colleagues who have spent time away from their families so that 2.5 million worshippers could safely perform their pilgrimage. Our presence in water desalination has already led key suppliers to localise their production in Saudi Arabia, and this project will create new employment opportunities during construction, as well as in operation and maintenance, where they will be largely staffed by young local talents from the local Electricity and Water Academy that we have developed over the last decade,”

ZHAO Qiming, SEPCOIII Chairman ” The announcement marks yet another milestone in our ongoing partnership with ACWA Power and underpins our joint commitment to advancing sustainable water solutions in the Kingdom.”

The Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) of the project was signed earlier this year by the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) after a consortium of ACWA Power, HAACO, and AMCG emerged as the preferred bidder.

ACWA Power now operates 16 desalination plants in four countries, ten of which are in Saudi Arabia. The company fulfils 30% of the Kingdom’s water demand. In 2022 alone, the company added 2.4 million m3/day of water desalination capacity via four desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE—the highest in its history.

Source: ACWA Power

McDermott Awarded Major Subsea Pipelines and Cables EPCI Project from Qatargas

McDermott secured a major contract from Qatargas Operating Company Limited to deliver engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) for the North Field Production Sustainability (NFPS) Offshore Fuel Gas Pipeline and Subsea Cables Project, COMP1.

The COMP1 project is part of the NFPS Offshore Compression Project involving the installation of new assets in Qatar’s North Field, including compression complexes at seven locations to sustain gas supply to the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) production trains into the future.

The contract award follows the North Field Expansion Project (NFXP) contract awarded to McDermott in 2022, which is currently under execution and remains one of the largest contracts McDermott has been awarded in its company history.

“The COMP1 award reflects the confidence key customers have in our ability to deliver strategically significant energy infrastructure projects in the Middle East,” said Mike Sutherland, McDermott Senior Vice President, Offshore Middle East. “As we continue to progress the NFXP offshore contract awarded to us last year, we are helping the State of Qatar expand LNG production from 77 to 126 MTPA via the new LNG trains under construction. We are delighted to deliver this key pipeline and cable infrastructure and support the extension of the production plateau for the existing LNG trains.”

“Our continued commitment to Qatar, building end-to-end execution capability in-country and significantly enhancing the local fabrication platform via QFAB, the McDermott-Nakilat joint venture fabrication yard in Qatar, will support continued energy development in the region,” said Neil Gunnion, Qatar Country Manager and Vice President, Operations.

The scope of the contract includes the installation of 118 miles (190 kilometers) of 32″ diameter subsea pipelines, 11 miles (17 kilometers) of subsea composite cables, 116 miles (186 kilometers) of fiber optic cables, and six miles (10 kilometers) of onshore pipelines. The project will be managed and engineered entirely from the McDermott Doha office with fabrication taking place at QFAB.

McDermott defines a major contract as between USD $750 million and USD $1.5 billion.

Source: McDermott 

JGC Awarded EPC Contract for Hydrogen Project in Australia

JGC Holdings Corporation (Representative Director, Chairman, and CEO Masayuki Sato) announced that JGC Corporation Oceania Pty Ltd in Australia, the 100%-owned subsidiary of JGC Corporation (Representative Director and President Farhan Mujib) which operates the overseas engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business of the JGC Group, has been awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for a hydrogen project in Australia planned by Sumitomo Corporation’s subsidiary Summit Hydrogen Gladstone Pty Ltd in collaboration with Rio Tinto Ltd.

The project is planned at the site of an alumina refinery plant owned and operated by Rio Tinto, and calls for the production of 250 tons of hydrogen per year by a 2.5MW electrolyzer, with EPC completion slated for 2024. Plant CO2 emissions will be reduced by converting part of the fuel for the burners used in the alumina production process from conventional natural gas to hydrogen in the future.

Starting from the feasibility study phase of the project, JGC has consistently supported the client. We believe that JGC’s EPC execution capabilities in particular were highly evaluated, leading to the contract as the first EPC project awarded to JGC in the field of hydrogen plants with proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers.

By successfully completing this project, the JGC Group will contribute to business expansion into the clean energy field, such as hydrogen and ammonia, as well as the realization of a decarbonized society.

Source: JGC Holdings Corporation 

McDermott Secures Decommissioning Contract in Western Australia

McDermott has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and removal contract for offshore decommissioning work by Woodside Energy. The award is for the full removal of the Stybarrow disconnectable turret mooring (DTM) buoy, as part of the decommissioning of the Stybarrow field located in the northwest Cape of Western Australia.

Under the contract scope, McDermott will provide project management and engineering services for the recovery, transportation, and offloading of the DTM buoy to a suitable onshore yard facility for dismantling and disposal. 

“This award not only demonstrates McDermott’s proven track record in undertaking deepwater projects of diverse scopes, but it also highlights the critical importance of decommissioning in the offshore industry,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea, and Floating Facilities. “With our seamless integration of engineering, fabrication, and offshore mobilization expertise, we believe we are well-equipped to execute this project efficiently and responsibly, ensuring the safe recovery and removal of the Stybarrow DTM buoy.”

McDermott’s Perth-based team will oversee project management, while engineering and fabrication support will be provided by the team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Batam, Indonesia. The DTM buoy will be lifted and removed utilizing McDermott’s DLV2000 vessel, ensuring safe and efficient operations throughout the decommissioning process.

Source: McDermott 

Wood secures major EPCC contract extension in Brunei

Wood, a global leader in consulting and engineering, has been awarded a contract extension by Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), Brunei’s largest energy producer. The two-year extension will focus on the continued rejuvenation of BSP’s offshore energy asset portfolio to maximise production capacity and efficiency.

The scope of the contract includes brownfield engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services as well as the management of its offshore marine fleet. The work Wood is undertaking is expected to help maximise the production capacity of the assets.

Ken Gilmartin, CEO at Wood, commented: “Wood is pleased to continue supporting BSP’s offshore asset portfolio in the next phase of its rejuvenation project.

“This extension shows progress on our strategy; which focuses on reimbursable projects and complex work in critical industries; that we laid out last year and demonstrates the strength of our relationship with an important client in a key region. It is also testament to our track record of performance excellence, safe operations and innovative technical expertise. The award also highlights our continued focus on ensuring energy security across the region whilst minimising the environmental impact of doing so.”

Employing around 1,500 skilled employees under the contract, 65% of which are local to Brunei, Wood is committed to investing in local people and capabilities through the Wawasan Brunei 2035 programme to advance employment and skills of the country’s national workforce.

The extension to February 2026 means Wood will deliver a range of services across 20 of BSP’s offshore installations. The contract will be delivered by Wood’s Operations teams in Brunei from the company’s main location in Kuala Belait and offshore, supported by the Manila, Philippines office.

Source: Wood

Sarawak Shell Berhad Awards McDermott Offshore Transportation and Installation Contract

McDermott has been awarded an offshore transportation and installation contract from Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB), for the F22, F27, and Selasih fields (FaS) pipelay and heavy lift project off the coast of Sarawak in East Malaysia.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will perform transportation and installation services for two pipeline segments and one section of flexible pipelay. McDermott will also provide pre-commissioning works on all infield pipelines and perform the structural installation of three jackets and topsides.

“This is the fourth project we are executing for Shell under the Subsea and Floating Facilities project portfolio, demonstrating the strength of our long-standing relationship,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “To ensure efficient project delivery, we will draw upon the expertise from our Kuala Lumpur center, which supports the global execution of subsea and offshore projects.”

The project management and engineering will be executed in Malaysia, leveraging local expertise. Offshore installation will be performed using the DLV2000, McDermott’s versatile heavy lift and pipelay vessel.

Source: McDermott 

Technip Energies Awarded a PMC Contract by Aramco for the Master Plan of the New Industrial City of Ras Al Khair

Technip Energies has been selected by Aramco for the project management consultancy (PMC) contract to develop the master plan for Ras Al Khair, a new industrial city in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The city is set to house an unprecedented collection of low-carbon investments as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, for which Aramco is a strategic partner.

The master plan will comprise various studies, including those for optimum land use, site preparation assessment, export terminal assessment, environmental baseline assessment, hydrocarbon supply assessment, 3rd party engagement, area constructability, and modularization hub. These studies will determine the scope and program execution plan for all civil, marine, telecommunication, and industrial infrastructures that will support the primary industrial projects planned by the main tenants.

Additionally, the contract includes a number of PMC studies for the execution of the Liquid-to-Chemical Program, an ambitious initiative by the Kingdom to transform a significant portion of its oil and gas production into valuable chemical products. This program involves all the major existing Aramco downstream hubs, as well as the new development of the Ras Al Khair area.

Charles Cessot, SVP T.EN X – Consulting & Products of Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased to have been awarded the PMC contract for the Master Plan of Ras Al Khair, an ambitious project that is at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s vision for a low-carbon future. We look forward to working closely with Aramco to develop a comprehensive program execution plan that will support the major industrial projects planned for the Province, while also contributing to the Kingdom’s strategic goals for sustainable development.”

Source: Technip Energies

Hitachi Zosen Inova Wins a Further Operations & Maintenance Contract with the Slough Multifuel Facility

Hitachi Zosen Inova is currently building its 18th Waste-to-Energy facility in the UK and is proud to announce it has been chosen by further long-standing customers to apply its considerable experience to operate and maintain the new Slough Multifuel facility, which is located on the Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire.

Farnborough, Hampshire, UK: Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) continues to strengthen its comprehensive service offering with a second Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract, after the one recently awarded at the Earls Gate Energy Centre in Scotland earlier this month, at the Slough Multifuel Facility in Berkshire on behalf of SSE Thermal and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

The new O&M service contracts at the Slough Multifuel and Earls Gate facilities demonstrates that HZI is supporting its clients with unrivalled experience and in-depth know-how by operating the two new Waste-to-Energy plants once the projects have completed their respective commissioning phases.  These contracts build on HZI’s capabilities to not only design, build and commission state-of-the-art waste treatment facilities, it also offers seamless global O&M services, supported by its highly skilled teams of operations and maintenance specialists working within the company’s expanding Systems & Service Solutions division.

For many decades, HZI has been widely recognised as a leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction partner around the world. Now, with its growing range of Service solutions following the acquisition of Steinmueller, it allows its customers to benefit from HZI’s deep knowledge in safe and efficient plant operations, as well as in performance optimisation at two of the UK’s newest Waste-To-Energy facilities.

“HZI is delighted to have been awarded the Operations and Maintenance contract with SSE Thermal and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners at the Slough Multifuel Facility which is HZI’s third O&M contract in the UK,” said Thomas Feilenreiter,Senior Vice President, HZI Systems & Service Solutions. “HZI has a long history in the design, construction and commissioning of new Waste-to-Energy projects in the UK and around the world.  This new O&M contract clearly demonstrate the long-term trust and confidence our customers have in our team’s abilities.”

The Slough facility is currently in construction and will shortly enter its commissioning phase.  The plant has an expected takeover date in the summer of 2024, when the Multifuel facility will produce electricity and heat through treating waste-derived fuels made from various sources of municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and waste wood.  HZI will operate and maintain the Slough Multifuel Facility for 25-years (2024 – 2049), which will treat around 480,000 tonnes of waste-derived fuels each year, generating 49.9MW of electricity per annum.

Supporting the UK’s environmental goals of landfill diversion and energy security
These two new Waste-to-Energy plants will support the UK’s ambitions to reduce the need to landfill non-recyclable waste, which is widely recognised as the least sustainable form of waste management.  The two Waste-to-Energy facilities will soon treat waste as a valuable resource to generate electricity and support the UK and Scottish government’s goal to combat climate change and become low carbon economies which future generations can be proud of.

Source: Hitachi Zosen Inova

Kent Wins FEED Contract for ExxonMobil’s Large-Scale Plastic Waste Advanced Recycling Program

Kent, a leading engineering company in the energy and chemicals industries, has been appointed as the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contractor for potential expansion of ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling facilities.

Kent will provide FEED services for potential new units across seven sites under this advanced plastics recycling global portfolio program, based on the success of a trial unit in Baytown, Texas designed by Kent during 2021 and 2022. The new such units are under assessment at ExxonMobil facilities located in Baytown (Texas), Beaumont (Texas), Baton Rouge (Louisiana), Joliet (Illinois), Sarnia (Canada), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium). The first unit at Baytown started up late last year as one of the largest advanced recycling facilities in North America.

Tush Doshi, COO at Kent, said: “We are proud to be associated with this project to complete FEED services for ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling projects. The win is a testament to the fantastic work we have been doing in the field of recycling waste. It is a milestone project, and this exciting program will demonstrate how the recycling process is evolving to become more efficient and pave the way to a better future for our planet.”

By turning difficult-to-recycle plastic waste back into raw materials that can be used to make new plastic and other valuable products, ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling technology can divert plastic waste from landfill or incineration and help to meet customer goals for circularity.

Sean McNelis, ExxonMobil’s Venture Project Manager, commented: “Advancing this portfolio of projects into FEED is an important milestone as we look to expand advanced recycling globally to help achieve a more circular economy.”

Source: Kent

Petrofac wins $700 million EPC contract from ADNOC

Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the energy industry, has been selected by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) subsidiary, ADNOC Gas Processing, to undertake a significant new Engineering, Procurement and Construction project at its Habshan Complex.

The contract, awarded to Petrofac Emirates, is valued at approximately US$700 million and involves the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of a new gas compressor plant. Comprising three gas compressor trains, associated utilities and power systems, the new plant will support ADNOC to substantially increase gas output from the Habshan Complex, West of Abu Dhabi.

Tareq Kawash, Petrofac’s Group Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by ADNOC, one of Petrofac’s longest-standing customers, to undertake this significant new EPC project in our home market of the UAE. We very much look forward to working together with ADNOC to safely and sustainably develop this critical energy resource.”

Elie Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer, Petrofac Engineering & Construction commented: “Petrofac has a long and strong track record supporting ADNOC in the UAE, rooted in our steadfast commitment to maximising local delivery, investing in the local supply chain, and developing local teams. This focus on In-Country Value will once again underpin our approach to delivery for ADNOC on the strategically significant Habshan Complex.”

Petrofac first established a presence in the UAE in 1991 and has developed a large workforce to support both regional and international projects. With a commitment to deliver In-Country Value, Emiratisation is a key business priority and Petrofac is actively promoting current career opportunities.

Source: Petrofac

Saipem Awarded Two Offshore Contracts from Aramco, Petrobras Worth $1 Billion

Saipem has been awarded two new contracts, one for EPCI offshore activities in the Middle East and the other for the development of underwater drones in Brazil. The overall amount of these new acquisitions is approximately 1 billion USD.

Under the existing Long-Term Agreement (LTA) with Saudi Aramco, Saipem has been selected to be awarded a new offshore project. The scope of work involves the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of five platforms and associated subsea pipelines, flowlines, and cables in the Marjan field, offshore Saudi Arabia, featuring an entirely in-Kingdom fabrication scheme. The effectiveness of the contract is subject to the fulfilment of the customary conditions precedent.  

With this important award, Saipem further strengthens its long-standing relationship with Saudi Aramco and its strategic positioning in the Middle East.

Furthermore, Saipem has been awarded a contract by Petrobras for the development and testing of an autonomous subsea inspection robotic solution, which will be based on Saipem’s fleet of underwater drones, starting from the Flatfish AUV, as well as the qualification of related autonomous drone-based services, enabling future inspection contract options offshore Brazil.

This contract marks a fundamental milestone for Saipem’s innovative underwater robotics programme and for the global scale utilisation of subsea drones in offshore projects throughout the entire value chain, and it allows to extend to the new features to the Technology Readiness Level 8 (TRL8) achieved on Saipem’s fleet of subsea drones. The potential of these subsea technologies within the offshore domain is vast, both for oil and gas developments as well as for the renewables market segment.

Source: Saipem

Technip Energies Awarded a Project Management Consultancy Contract by the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Technip Energies has been awarded a contract by the National Bank of Kazakhstan for Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services.

As part of this contract, Technip Energies will provide PMC services for the construction of an infrastructure project.

The project will be executed through TKJV LLP, Technip Energies’ locally incorporated joint venture created in 2019 to serve the market by leveraging its engineering and technology capabilities.

Charles Cessot, SVP T.EN X – Consulting & Products of Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased with the trust placed in us by the National Bank of Kazakhstan. This award marks a significant milestone in the diversification strategy of our PMC portfolio. It is as well in line with our ambition to grow our services activities in the broader CIS region.”

Source: Technip Energies

Maire Tecnimont Awarded Two Petrochemical Contracts Worth $2 Billion in Saudi Arabia

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (MAIRE) announced that its Integrated E&C Solutions subsidiaries Tecnimont and Tecnimont Arabia Limited have been awarded two lump-sum turn-key EPC contracts related to a petrochemical expansion at the SATORP Refinery (a JV composed of Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies), in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The petrochemical facility will enable conversion of internally produced refinery off-gases and naphtha, as well as ethane and natural gasoline, into higher value chemicals.

The overall value of the contracts is approximately USD 2 billion. The contracts relate to the execution of two packages of the complex, namely the “Derivatives Units” package – which includes a butadiene extraction unit, an olefin extraction unit, a methyl tert-butyl ether unit, a butadiene selective hydrogenation unit, a 2nd stage pygas hydrogenation unit and benzene & toluene extraction unit – and the “High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) & Logistic Area” package, which includes two polyethylene units and the relevant product logistic facilities.

The project’s scope of work entails complete engineering services, equipment and material supply, construction activities, pre-commissioning, and commissioning, and shall have a duration of approximately 4 years.

With this award, the Group’s Year-to-Date Order Intake is over EUR 2.6 billion (including approximately EUR 200 million related to the contract for a fertilizer plant in Egypt, subject to successful execution of the Client’s financing package). Considering the important commercial prospects in the coming months, a very strong second half is expected, which will provide a solid driver to the Group’s growth this year and beyond.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are extremely proud of having been selected by Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies for this major initiative. It is a further recognition of Tecnimont’s world-class capabilities to execute complex projects in complex environments, as well as our undisputed leadership in downstream petrochemicals. These awards will provide a significant addition to our already large 8-billion Euro backlog, increasing revenues visibility in the short- and medium-term. It is also for these reasons, and in a context of continued robust demand, that we keep investing in talent, with almost 600 new engineers added year to date.”

Source: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.

Hyundai E&C wins $5bn EPC contract for SATORP Refinery expansion in Saudi Arabia

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (“HDEC”) has been awarded contracts for two EPC packages related to a petrochemical expansion at the SATORP refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Package 1 (Mixed Feed Cracker and Refinery Off Gases) involves installing a Mixed Feed Cracker (MFC) to produce an additional 1,650 KTA (kilo tons per annum) of ethylene and related industrial gases. Package 4 (Utilities, Flares & Interconnecting) relates to installation of facilities that supply utilities such as electricity and water to plants, and functions as interconnecting systems that support main packages within the facilities.

The project is located at Jubail Industrial City, which is about 70 kilometers northeast of Dammam. Once completed, the new petrochemical complex will be one of the largest downstream facilities in Saudi Arabia.

HDEC will execute detailed design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and start-up activities on a lump-sum turn-key basis with a contract value of around $5 billion.

HDEC has proven its capabilities having previously successfully completed projects in Saudi Arabia, including facilities at Khursaniyah Gas Plant and Uthmaniyah Gas Plant.

The award of these new EPC contracts demonstrates the competitiveness of HDEC’s technology and client confidence, helping it maintain a leading position in the Middle East construction market. 

HDEC first set foot in Saudi Arabia in 1975 and subsequently struck a historic deal for the industrial port in Jubail, on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. It has since built its presence in the kingdom, executing over 160 projects with a combined value of $18.3 billion. 

Currently, HDEC is executing 13 projects worth $4.87 billion in Saudi Arabia, including Packages 6 & 12 of the Marjan Oil Field Development Program, Jafurah Package 2, and a number of Transmission Lines and Substation Projects. HDEC is recognized for its outstanding construction and technological prowess by its clients.

Source: Hyundai Engineering & Construction


ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor, and operator of power generation, water desalination and green hydrogen plants worldwide, announced the signing of an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with Energy China Group Corporation (CEEC) for a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The Power Purchase Agreement of the project has been signed earlier in March 2023, between ACWA Power and (JSC) National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU) and Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade. The project will form part of Uzbekistan’s ambitious targets to transition to a low-carbon economy as well as diversify its energy sources.

The EPC contract was signed by Mr. Raad Al Saady, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of ACWA Power, and Mr. LYU Zexiang, Chairman of the China Energy International Group Co. Ltd., during a high-level meeting between ACWA Power and CEEC in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marking another milestone in their ongoing partnership.

The project is set to bring clean and sustainable energy to Uzbekistan, showcasing the commitment of both organizations to advancing sustainable energy solutions.

Source: ACWA Power

KCA Deutag awarded $70 million of platform drilling contracts in the UK North Sea

KCA Deutag, the global drilling, engineering, and technology provider, has been awarded new contracts and extensions with a total value of over $70 million, with existing clients for the provision of drilling and maintenance services in the UK North Sea.

These awards, each ranging from two to five years, reinforce KCA Deutag’s position as a leading platform drilling contractor in the UK North Sea, and will see the company continue to deliver drilling services, including maintenance, warehousing, inventory procurement, and management on four offshore platforms.

Peter Skinner, UK country manager said: “KCA Deutag has been the drilling contractor of choice on some of these assets since the early nineties and we are delighted to continue our excellent long-term working relationships with our customers in the UK North Sea. These contract awards are recognition of the high standards of safety and operational performance delivered by our teams to date.”

Ole Maier, President of Offshore commented: “The UK North Sea continues to be an important market and we are committed to working with our customers and partners to successfully and safely deliver drilling programmes, well decommissioning work, and innovative solutions for the energy transition in the region.”

Source: KCA Deutag

TechnipFMC Awarded Significant EPCI Contract by Woodside for Julimar Phase 3 Development

TechnipFMC has been awarded a significant contract by Woodside Energy to engineer, procure, construct, and install flexible pipes and umbilicals for the Julimar Phase 3 development, offshore Western Australia.

The Company will tie back four subsea gas wells in the Carnarvon Basin to the existing Julimar subsea infrastructure producing to the Wheatstone platform, using high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) flexible pipe and steel tube umbilicals.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “We have a strong history of solid project execution with Woodside as demonstrated by the successful delivery of the Pyxis, Lambert Deep, and Greater Western Flank Phase 3 projects. We look forward to continuing this collaborative relationship with this award on Julimar Phase 3 as part of our framework agreement.”

Source: TechnipFMC

Veolia awarded an EPC contract for Mirfa 2 Project in Abu Dhabi worth €300 Million

Veolia, the world leader in water technologies, will lead, via its subsidiary SIDEM, a consortium in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on the Mirfa 2 desalination project commissioned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and ENGIE. Located in Abu Dhabi, this  state of the art Reverse Osmosis Desalination (M2 RO) will be the third-largest desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With a production capacity of 550,000 cubic meters per day of potable water, it will provide clean drinking water to approximately 210,000 households while offering increased efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint. The contract represents revenue of approximately 300 million euros for Veolia. Project construction will begin in Q2 2023 so the plant can be commissioned by 2025.

Most of the drinking water used in the UAE comes from the sea. To manage the growth in water consumption and to compensate for the aging of existing facilities, mainly thermal desalination plants, the country has decided to use the latest advanced technologies and engineering processes to increase its desalination capacity while reducing its energy consumption. A strategy that strongly supports the country’s 2050 carbon neutrality ambition.

Relying on Veolia’s worldwide expertise in water desalination, the Mirfa 2 plant will follow the latest developments in environmental and efficiency standards for desalination, featuring advanced technological processes such as reverse osmosis, which represents strong efficiency gains compared to traditional thermal desalination, to lower energy consumption and improve productivity. These technological advancements allow to slash energy use by 80% compared to the 1980s, when thermal desalination was predominant.

“Growing desalination capacities in a sustainable way is crucial, as they are a part of the mix of solutions needed to address water scarcity across the globe, especially in the Middle East. With Mirfa 2 Reverse Osmosis, Veolia continues to raise the bar for environmental and operational standards in desalination, further contributing to the ecological transformation of the sector, which has already made significant progress over the years,” said Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia. “This project follows the successful commissioning of four other flagship desalination plants in the past 18 months to bring drinking water to more than six million people in Saudi Arabia, Umm Al Quwain (UAE), Bahrain, and Iraq. This achievement confirms our leading position in water technologies and our commitment to leveraging our expertise and our capacity for innovation to deliver reliable, affordable, and sustainable water access solutions.”

Desalination by reverse osmosis, which is based on membrane filtration, is the most widespread technological solution in countries that use desalination to combat water stress, as it reduces their energy consumption. Since the 1970s, SIDEM, a Veolia subsidiary specialized in desalination operations, has acquired unparalleled experience in this field and has become the world leader, with nearly eight million cubic meters of desalinated water per day.

Source: Veolia

SNC-Lavalin Awarded District Cooling Services EPC Contract for King Salman Park in Saudi Arabia

SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, has been awarded a district cooling services contract by Green Park Cooling Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Tabreed, a leading provider of sustainable district cooling schemes for some of the largest projects in Saudi Arabia, for King Salman Park. A green destination at the heart of Riyadh, the Park is set to foster the Kingdom’s productivity, creativity, and innovation for future generations.

King Salman Park is one of Riyadh’s Four Megaprojects launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, in 2019. The Park aims to provide a variety of sports, cultural, artistic, and recreational activities to the residents and visitors of Riyadh. As part of the 27-month contract, SNC-Lavalin will provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for the Park’s district cooling plant with ultimate capacity of 60,000 TR. The services also cover complete design, installation, automation, testing and commissioning of the plant. The design will allow the DCP to be executed in three phases without interrupting the plant operation. The development of detail design will utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) and state-of-the-art data analytics tools to monitor progress and ensure efficiency in project delivery. 

SNC-Lavalin has built a successful track record of delivering high performing, technologically advanced and reliable district cooling services for the past two decades across the Middle East region,” said Mohamed Youssef, Senior Vice President, Projects and O&M, Engineering Services, Middle East and Africa, SNC-Lavalin. “King Salman Park is a significant development that will improve the quality of life in Riyadh in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s goals of a vibrant and healthy society. We are proud to build on our strong relationship with Saudi Tabreed and deliver this project to the highest quality and safety standards by providing our engineering excellence and digital solutions.”

King Salman Park is built on more than 16km2 to become the world’s largest urban park. It will include vast open green spaces covering more than 11.6km2, one million trees, in addition to the Royal Arts Complex, the National Theater, a 7.2km pedestrian walkway (loop), and a “valley” area in the middle of the park surrounded with art and water features. The Park will contribute significantly to increasing the vegetation in the city and raising the rate of per capita green spaces, which will have a direct and positive impact on the quality of the environment and climate.

As world leaders in district cooling, SNC-Lavalin help clients find an energy-efficient solution that chills both industrial facilities and public and private buildings. Clients who employ district cooling see a reduction in capital and maintenance costs while generating 40 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions. In the Middle East, the Company is a major provider of district cooling systems to residential buildings, offices, universities, hotels, stadiums, hospitals, and government institutions. For the past two decades, SNC-Lavalin has successfully delivered more than 50 district cooling projects with total capacity of 720,000 TR. 

Source: SNC-Lavalin

NextChem awarded a feasibility study by Marcegaglia to decarbonize their Ravenna steel plant through carbon capture solutions

MAIRE S.p.A. announces that its Sustainable Technology Solutions subsidiary NextChem and Marcegaglia Group (Marcegaglia) have signed a contract for a feasibility study to accelerate the decarbonization of Marcegaglia’s steel plant in Ravenna (Emilia Romagna region, Northern Italy). The study refers to the installation of carbon capture units from flue gases. Upon a successful completion of the feasibility study, NextChem will involve the Group’s Integrated E&C Solutions Business Unit for the execution of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED).

These solutions, once implemented, have the potential to capture approximately 285 tons per day of CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. NextChem will provide a full assessment of the steel plant decarbonization capacity and will define the technical specifications for the carbon capture solutions.

Marcegaglia, a leading industrial group in the steel processing sector worldwide, is actively seeking to reduce its CO2 emission intensity by implementing significant decarbonization activities within the areas of logistics, utilities and energy procurement. This goal is in line with MAIRE’s technological value proposition, aimed at supporting the energy transition activities of an increasing number of clients, not only in the natural resources transformation industry, but also in other hard-to-abate sectors such as steel and cement manufacturing.

Alessandro Bernini, CEO of MAIRE, commented: “We are proud to have been selected by Marcegaglia Group as a trusted partner in their energy transition path in Italy. By developing low-carbon technology solutions, MAIRE Group acts as an enabler of innovation to decarbonize the so called hard-to-abate industries: these sectors are responsible for a large part of the global emissions, reducing them is the key to a greener future”.

Antonio Marcegaglia, Chairman and CEO at Marcegaglia Steel further stated: “With this project in Ravenna, Marcegaglia distinguishes itself as a decarbonization pioneer. We strongly believe that carbon capture solutions can help industries make an important contribution to achieving climate change goals”.

Source: Mairetecnimont