Technology company The Linde Group said Sept. 11 that it has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and procurement services for a 2.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) natural gas liquefaction plant of Woodfibre LNG Ltd.
Woodfibre is a subsidiary of energy resources development company Pacific Oil & Gas. The Woodfibre LNG Project will be located in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
“The Woodfibre LNG Project is of high strategic value for Linde, as it bridges the gap in the LNG industry between traditional mid-scale and large-scale LNG trains,” said Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “The Project will be the second largest Linde-engineered LNG plant, surpassed in capacity only by the LNG facility on Melkøya Island near Hammerfest, Norway.”
The new plant will use Linde’s proprietary LIMUM technology, a multi-stage mixed refrigerant process which achieves outstanding energy efficiency. Based on the current project schedule, and subject to regulatory approvals, the Woodfibre LNG Project will begin construction in 2015 and be operational by 2017.
“Awarding this engineering contract to Linde marks an important milestone for the Woodfibre LNG Project,” said Alex Bridgen, Project Director, Woodfibre LNG Project. “Woodfibre LNG is on track to become one of the first LNG export facilities in operation on the west coast of Canada, and partnering with Linde allows us to bring safe, clean and reliable LNG technology to British Columbia.”
Linde will be responsible for the extended basic engineering as well as the procurement and supply of critical equipment items. Based on an “all-electric-drive” using hydropower only, the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions will be minimized.
Linde Group offers a wide range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.
The Woodfibre LNG Project is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility located at the former Woodfibre pulp mill site, about seven kilometers southwest of Squamish, British Columbia, and is licensed to export approximately 2.1 million tonnes of LNG annually for a period of 25 years. The project is owned by Woodfibre LNG Ltd. (formerly Woodfibre Natural Gas Ltd.), a privately-held company with headquarters in Vancouver. Woodfibre LNG Ltd. is a subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas, an energy company within the RGE group of companies. RGE, headquartered in Singapore, manages various world-class companies focused on resource-based manufacturing industries.