EXMAR to develop Canadian FLNG facility
Belgium-based EXMAR is to develop and operate the floating liquefaction (FLNG) facility as part of the Douglas Channel LNG project in British Columbia, Canada.
The company, which is the owner and operator of what is to be the world’s first FLNG facility (Caribbean FLNG), says it will use its experience to “provide a fast track and cost competitive floating liquefaction barge to the project”.
“The site in sheltered, ice-free waters is a perfect fit with EXMAR’s barge-based philosophy and provides an ideal location for LNG deliveries to the Asian market,” added Bart Lavent, managing director, EXMAR LNG Infrastructure.
The Douglas Channel LNG project will be a barge-based LNG facility on District Lot 99 near Kitimat, British Columbia. Natural gas will be sourced from Western Canada and transported to the project site for liquefaction via Pacific Northern Gas Ltd’s (PNG) existing pipeline system under a 20-year transportation contract approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. The project site is secured by a long-term lease with the Haisla Nation.
The project will have initial nameplate capacity of 550,000 tonnes per annum. The land and foreshore access provide future opportunity to expand and accommodate additional LNG processing projects.
EDF Trading will hold the required pipeline capacity to deliver gas to the project and will be the LNG offtaker of the project.
“The smaller scale LNG project will utilise existing pipeline infrastructure, proven barge technology and very short shipping distances to target markets. We will be working with our Asian customers to secure a long-term contract as this is a very competitive package,” added Matthew Arnold, global head of LNG and LPG, EDF Trading.
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