KBR, ConocoPhillips to Develop Off-the-Shelf LNG Tech

KBR, ConocoPhillips to Develop Off-the-Shelf LNG Tech
KBR and ConocoPhillips will jointly develop a standardized, mid-scale LNG train for both greenfield and brownfield projects.

KBR, Inc. and ConocoPhillips will jointly develop a standardized liquefied natural gas (LNG) train to provide mid-scale LNG capacity for both greenfield and brownfield expansions seeking off-the-shelf technology to reduce costs and shorten project schedules, KBR reported Tuesday.

“KBR and ConocoPhillips both have a well-established and respected history in LNG,” Farhan Mujib, president of KBR’s Hydrocarbons Services Americas unit, said in a written statement announcing the joint program. “This unique opportunity leverages that experience to combine KBR’s plant configuration and project execution experience with the reliable and well-proven ConocoPhillips’ LNG technology and operating experience.”

The companies will complete a front-end engineering and design (FEED) quality reference design for a mid-scale capacity (1.5 to 3.0 million tonnes per annum) LNG train suitable for a wide range of feed gas and ambient temperature conditions, KBR stated. The integrated design approach will use ConocoPhillips’ “Optimized Cascade” process technology and will apply integrated modularized construction, the company added.

ConocoPhillips and KBR launched the collaboration in 2017, with KBR applying its “SmartSPEND” methodology to achieve cost reductions for LNG facilities using the ConocoPhillips process technology, KBR continued.

“Building on this experience and responding to demand in the marketplace, the parties decided to focus on developing a mid-scale LNG solution that achieves low unit costs and fast deployment while maintaining high efficiency and operability,” KBR stated, adding that the partners will apply a similar methodology and technology to large-scale LNG trains.

 KBR noted the technology should be available for new LNG projects starting next year.


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Rudolf Huber  |  September 19, 2018
OK, right off the bat, I like that. Modularisation is something the industry needs and it will lower costs. Now the sour grape in the stew - 1,5 to 3 mtpa is quite large for mid-scale. Most available gas sources don't support a train this size. Do this, and don't forget that there is a lot more at the bottom. Bild them smaller and throw them off a conveyor belt.