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August 16, 2013

Black & Veatch and Kiewit complete first stage of Jordan Cove LNG facility

Gerald Ondrey

Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; www.bv.com) and Kiewit (Omaha, Neb.; www.kiewit.com) have completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work and pre-construction planning activities for the Jordan Cove Liquefaction Project. Located in Coos Bay, Ore., the facility will utilize Black & Veatch’s Prico LNG technology to produce up to 6 million ton/yr of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export. 

Located on the West Coast of the U.S., Jordan Cove will help meet rising global demand for clean burning natural gas. In addition, the facility will offer a shorter, less-expensive transport route to high demand markets throughout Asia when compared to most other proposed North American export projects.

The Jordan Cove facility, which is owned by Veresen Inc., will include two 160,000 cubic-meter, full-containment LNG storage tanks and marine facilities to berth and load approximately 90 LNG transport ships per year. The amount of LNG in one tank (42 million gallons) can supply enough gas to provide electrical power to 15 million homes for one day.

Impurities contained in the feed gas that can freeze at low temperatures, will be removed in two trains of gas conditioning and dehydration facilities. The trains are capable of processing approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), prior to being cooled to –260°F in the liquefaction process. In addition, a new 420 MW natural gas fueled combined cycle, combustion turbine plant will generate all of the electricity and steam needed to power the entire facility. 

The unique integration of the generation and the liquefaction facilities, which supplies the energy needs of the Prico electric-motor-driven compressors as well as the steam needed for the gas conditioning process, results in a highly energy efficient plant and low fuel gas consumption.

In May 2013, the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. , with the support of the Black & Veatch and Kiewit team, submitted the final application to FERC for the Jordan Cove LNG project. The team is proceeding into the construction planning phase of the Jordan Cove LNG project in preparation for FERC permit approval which is expected in the 3rd quarter 2014. 

The Jordan Cove Liquefaction Project is expected to average more than 900 jobs during its 42-month construction period. Peak manpower is expected to reach 2,100 workers. 


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