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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Larsen & Toubro

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Equinor awarded 39 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Equinor 

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

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

Function of the new facilities

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

Scope of the contracts

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

Source: Técnicas Reunidas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Eni

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

Tecnimont Wins FEED Contract For Green Ammonia Plant In Norway

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Maire Tecnimont

McDermott Secures Offshore Contract for the Kasawari CCS Project in Malaysia

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

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

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

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

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

Source: McDermott 

NMDC Signs Agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Group

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

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

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

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

Source: NMDC

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

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

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

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

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

Source: thyssenkrupp Uhde

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Wood 

Petrofac Secures a Contract in West Africa

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

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

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

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

Source: Petrofac 

Wood to Deliver Feasibility Study for Hydrogen Pipeline in Southern Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Wood

Petrofac begins FEED work for Aramis CCS project in Netherland

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Petrofac

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: TechnipFMC

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Business Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Technimont

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

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

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

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

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

Source: L&T Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Larsen & Toubro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: ADNOC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Saipem 

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

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

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

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

Close collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Petrofac

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

NEXTCHEM awarded waste-to-chemicals feasibility study

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

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

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

Source: MAIRE 

Petrofac secures brownfield EPC framework with TotalEnergies

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

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

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

Source: Petrofac

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: TotalEnergies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: MAIRE 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Petrofac


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

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

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

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

Source: DEME

JGC Signs Collaboration Agreement with Exyte Singapore for SE Asia Market

JGC Holdings Corporation (Representative Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Sato) announced that JGC Corporation (President: Farhan Mujib) has entered into a strategic Collaboration Agreement with Exyte Singapore Pte. Ltd, an Asian subsidiary of Exyte GmbH, for the promotion and execution of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects for high-tech industries in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets.

With the signing of the Collaboration Agreement, Farhan Mujib, JGC Corporation President, has said that both Exyte and JGC share similar values on safety, quality and execution excellence. “Through this collaboration, we will offer unique solutions with industry-leading technical expertise and customer knowledge of Exyte coupled with regional knowledge and project delivery capability of JGC for our customers.”

Exyte’s CEO, Wolfgang Büchele, has stated that “Since its inception, Exyte has been very successful in pursuing its ‘follow the client’ strategy. We are present where our clients invest. The Southeast Asian emerging countries are highly attractive for investments in high-tech industries. For Exyte and JGC, there are promising business opportunities in future markets. We are pleased to have found the right partner in JGC, who has already successfully implemented other EPC projects in these countries rich in potential.”

Along with the development of the digital society, the market size of high-tech industries is continuously expanding. In recent years, the market has been supported by the incentive policies of respective countries for the strengthening of security and supply chains. Capital investment in high-tech industries in Southeast Asia’s emerging countries is expected to significantly grow, not just in developed countries such as Japan, Europe, the US, and Singapore.

JGC Corporation and Exyte will jointly promote and execute projects for high-tech industries in targeted South East Asian countries namely Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Under this collaboration, the two companies will conduct joint business development, estimation and execution of EPC projects, collaborately expanding business fields in the region.

Exyte Group has a history of over 100 years and is recognized as a global leader in providing EPC services specializing in facilities for high-tech industries, such as data centers, semiconductor and battery cell manufacturing, as well as bio-pharma and life sciences. Exyte has outstanding knowledge and experience in the design, engineering and delivery of facilities in those fields. Exyte offers a full range of services from consulting to managing the implementation of built complete solutions with the highest standards in safety and quality. The company has executed numerous projects globally for well-known blue chip clients, international tech, software and mobility companies.

As Exyte’s Southeast Asian regional organisation, Exyte Singapore operates in Singapore and Malaysia, and plans to explore business opportunities in its target industries in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand, where further industrial development and market expansion is expected.

JGC Corporation is the JGC Group’s overseas EPC business company. JGC Corporation provides professional services through three business units: Energy Solutions, which is involved in EPC projects in the fields of energy transition including LNG; Sustainable Solutions in EPC projects in the fields of sustainable energy such as hydrogen, nuclear and fuel ammonia; and Facility Solutions in EPC projects in the fields of industrial and social infrastructure. JGC has local subsidiaries in South East Asia including Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, where it has successfully delivered a number of large projects over the past 50 years.

Under our long-term management vision “2040 Vision,” JGC is promoting business diversification in the five business domains of “Energy Transition”, “Healthcare/Life Sciences”, “High Functional Materials”, “Resource Recycling”, and “Industrial/Urban Infrastructure” under the corporate purpose of “Enhancing Planetary Health”. In particular, JGC plans to accelerate overseas business expansion in the “healthcare and life sciences” as well as the “industrial and urban infrastructure” business domains.

Through this Collaboration Agreement, Exyte, with its extensive knowledge and experience in the area of high-tech industries, and JGC Corporation, with its extensive EPC experience in Southeast Asia, will jointly expand EPC business by integrating the strengths and competitiveness of both companies and demonstrating to customers superior proposal, technology, and EPC execution capabilities.

Source: JGC Holdings Corporation

Chiyoda Awarded Feasibility Study of CO2 capture / liquefaction plants by J-POWER

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Feasibility Study for CO2 capture/liquefaction plants by the Electric Power Development Co., Ltd(J-POWER.)

Chiyoda’s scope includes the design of a CO2 capture plant, liquefaction plant, and utility facility.

J-POWER is participating in the public call for commissioned research for a CCS project selected by the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC), along with ENEOS Corporation and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation. Chiyoda will collaborate with J-POWER by applying its CCS project experience to support their plans.

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Metito 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: thyssenkrupp Uhde

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Hyundai E&C

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Mexico Pacific

Saipem awarded two offshore contracts worth approximately 1.9 billion USD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Saipem 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Wood

McDermott awarded an EPCI contract for the Manatee Gas Field Project

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

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

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

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

Source: McDermott

Aker Solutions wins Hafslund Oslo Celsio CCS FEED

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Aker Solutions

Equinor, KCA Deutag ink electrification contract for Askepott rig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: KCA Deutag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Samsung Engineering


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

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

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

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

Source: Petrojet

McDermott Awarded Decommissioning Contract by Santos

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: McDermott 

L&T Wins Mega Offshore Contract in the Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Subsea7 Awarded Decommissioning Contract in Brazil

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

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

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

Source: Subsea7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: JGC

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Chiyoda Corporation