Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced Thursday that Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. and KBR Inc. will provide pre-final investment decision (pre-FID) detailed engineering and post-FID engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its proposed 4 million tonnes per annum (MTA) LNG export project in South Texas.
Samsung Engineering, a minority equity owner and technical partner in the mid-scale liquefaction project, has already completed the conceptual study, pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED) and FEED, Texas LNG stated in a press release. The project's design calls for constructing modular designed and prefabricated liquefaction trains using proven technology and standardized components in a controlled shipyard environment, the project developer continued. Such an approach reportedly would lower overall project costs, reduce complex onshore civil construction works and minimize local onsite environmental impacts as well as commissioning costs during permanent installation on the deepwater Brownsville Ship Channel near the Gulf of Mexico.
"We want to firmly establish our competitiveness in LNG and have successfully completed the Texas LNG FEED in 2016," according to Jae Hoon Choi, executive vice president of Samsung Engineering. "We've formed a multidisciplinary LNG task force consisting of LNG liquefaction process engineers, modularization specialists and cost and schedule experts. Samsung Engineering and KBR will execute an EPC with Texas LNG and deliver a high-quality LNG plant at a world competitive price."
Texas LNG noted that Samsung Engineering and KBR will focus on value engineering and optimization for the proposed 4-MTA facility, slated to be built in two 2-MTA phases. It anticipates pre-FID detailed engineering to begin this year, and it will negotiate pre-FID and EPC contracts with the firms "over the coming months." Braemar Engineering is acting as Texas LNG's owners' engineer and is responding to data requests during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting process, according to Texas LNG.
Texas LNG expects a 2018 final investment decision for the project.
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