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    Canada’s Woodfibre LNG awards EPFC contract


Major construction to start in 2023, completion by late 2027 [Image: Woodfibre LNG]

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Canada’s Woodfibre LNG awards EPFC contract

Woodfibre LNG, which is developing a 2.1mn mt/yr LNG facility in Howe Sound north of Vancouver, said November 23 it had awarded an engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) contract to McDermott International.

McDermott will utilise its NetZero Modular LNG strategy to develop Woodfibre’s onshore gas processing and liquefaction facility and floating storage near Squamish. The strategy provides multiple pathways through design, execution and construction to reduce operational and project emissions.

“Our contract with McDermott is a positive step forward for this substantial piece of clean energy infrastructure,” Woodfibre LNG president Christine Kennedy said. “Together, we will be building the lowest-emission, most sustainable and innovative LNG export facility in the world.”

The facility will use hydroelectricity for the main liquefaction process, and includes technology that enables liquefaction machinery to restart without flaring, a recycling system for boil-off gas, and additional transformers, switchgear and transmission lines. 

Relative to other liquefaction technologies, Woodfibre and McDermott expect an 86% reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne of LNG produced, Woodfibre said. Woodfibre, owned by Malaysia’s Pacific Energy, has signed two offtake agreements with 
BP, covering about 70% of the facility’s output.

Pre-construction work is expected to begin early next year and gradually ramp up to September 2023, when major construction is to begin, creating about 650 construction jobs. Substantial completion is expected in Q3 2027.