April 27, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
KITIMAT—A U.S.-Japan joint-partnership has been selected as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for LNG Canada’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, B.C.
Texas-based Fluor Corporation and Japan-based JGC Corporation will hire the majority of skilled workers required during the five-year construction period.
The contract award is conditional on the project partners making a final investment decision.
LNG Canada shortlisted two EPC consortia in February, including a partnership between TechnipFMC plc and KBR. A decision to select a preferred contractor was delayed in 2016.
The proposed LNG export facility aims to liquefy surplus Canadian natural gas so that it can be exported to help meet global energy demands.
“Our team has developed an innovative design and execution strategy that improves the project’s competitiveness and predictability and positions it for a final investment decision,” said Jim Brittain, group president of Fluor’s energy and chemicals business.
Fluor had over 7,500 construction personnel working on Canadian projects in 2017, while JGC has experience in construction of more than 48 LNG trains globally, according to LNG Canada.
LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Shell Canada Energy, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell, and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation.