Technip selected for Lake Charles LNG FEED work
BG Group plc (BG) from UK and Trunkline LNG Export LLC (Trunkline) from USA have selected Technip to perform the front engineering and design (FEED) to convert their US Lake Charles facilities into Louisiana liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal.
Trunkline is a wholly-owned Energy Transfer company as a joint venture between Energy Transfer Equity L.P. and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. collectively named as Energy Transfer.
As for most of the LNG import terminals built in the USA in the 2000s years, the glut of the domestic shale gas has led all the operating companies to consider additional investments to convert their storage facilities into export LNG terminal.
Located in Lake Charles, the Trunkline LNG project is benefiting from the existing pipelines network in the North of Louisiana, USA, to gather competitive natural gas from the main shale gas basins such as Haynesville.
After the conversion, the Lake Charles LNG Terminal will keep the bi-directional operation capability in order to import or export on request of the demand.
In 2011, Trunkline and BG received from the US Department of Energy (DOE) the approval for the export to countries having a free trade agreement (FTA) with the USA, then in August 2013, it was the third LNG export project to be granted of the conditional DOE approval for export to the non-FTA countries.
BG appointed as FEED contract administrator
– Three LNG trains
– Offsites and utilities
– One-half gas supply pipeline
The three LNG trains will have a maximum capacity of 15 million tonnes per year corresponding to 2 billion cubic feet per day (cf/d).
The project also includes the modification of the existing:
– Storage tanks
– Offloading facilities
Technip Houston and Paris offices will team up to provide this design work due for completion on first half 2014.