Black & Veatch chosen for FEED work on proposed BC floating natural gas project

Mike Edwards   

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Black & Veatch of Overland Park, KS, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure solutions provider, in collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) of South Korea, has announced it has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Ksi Lisims LNG nearshore floating production facility in northwest BC.

The Ksi Lisims LNG project represents the next generation of LNG export design, the company says, re-inventing the industry for environmentally sensitive and greenhouse-gas constrained development situations.

Developed jointly by Western LNG, the Nisga’a Nation and Rockies LNG, it is said the project will be one of the most significant Indigenous-led infrastructure projects in Canadian history. Ksi Lisims (pronounced “s’lisims”) will be hosted by the Nisga’a Nation on its wholly owned treaty land.

The project will use a floating LNG design that improves the project economics, minimizes land impacts, and reduces construction-related risk. With commercial operations anticipated to begin in 2028, Ksi Lisims LNG will be designed to produce up to 12 million metric tons of LNG per year for export to overseas markets.

Once completed, Ksi Lisims LNG will be said to have among the world’s lowest unit carbon emissions rates of any large-scale LNG export projects globally, providing global energy markets with low-carbon, reliable LNG that will help meet growing energy needs and reduce the need for base-load coal plant construction.

Through connection with British Columbia’s renewable hydroelectric grid and use of innovative design features, the project’s greenhouse gas emissions will be 90 percent lower than conventional LNG facilities. Combined with a credible offset management plan, the project expects to be net zero by 2030.

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