Black & Veatch and Kiewit Complete First Stage of Jordan Cove LNG Facility

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black & Veatch and Kiewit 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 six million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year for export.

Located on the West Coast of the United States, 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 1.0 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), prior to being cooled to -260F 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.

"Jordan Cove is an exciting project for the region and for the future prospects of U.S. natural gas exports," said Dale Williams, project director within Black & Veatch's Oil & Gas business. "The facility will use Black & Veatch's proven PRICO technology to allow Jordon Cove to provide vital LNG to key import markets worldwide."

"The scope involved with constructing the Jordan Cove LNG export facility is significant," said Dan Lumma, senior vice president, Kiewit Energy Group. "Kiewit's early contractor involvement during FEED has benefited the project by providing planning for the site civil requirements, the construction of a new LNG ship berth, and the modularization strategy to build the facilities at this site."

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 Jordon Cove LNG project in preparation for FERC permit approval which is expected in the 3rd quarter 2014.

The Jordon 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.

Editor's Notes:

  • PRICO® is an innovative process developed by Black & Veatch to liquefy natural gas, making it available for transport via truck, rail or marine vessel. The process uses a Black & Veatch-patented, single-mixed refrigerant loop for natural gas liquefaction. The PRICO® process boasts several key advantages, including:
  • Low capital and operating expenditure
  • Simplified refrigeration system requiring minimal equipment
  • Simplified control and maintenance
  • Flexibility in feed gas composition
  • Black & Veatch has been a pioneer in the natural gas industry since the 1960s. The company currently has 27 LNG liquefaction plants in operation that have produced more than 150 million tons of LNG. Of these, 25 feature the company's PRICO® technology, with another 16 currently in development worldwide.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2012 were US$3.3 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

About Kiewit

Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2012 revenues of more than $11 billion and employs more than 30,000 staff and craft employees.

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