Pieridae signs Bechtel as engineer and builder of Nova Scotia LNG export project
CALGARY—Pieridae Energy Ltd. says it has hired a new engineering firm to replace one that left its East Coast liquefied natural gas export project in July.
The Calgary-based company says international engineering firm Bechtel Corp. has agreed to replace Kellogg Brown & Root Ltd., which it said decided not to enter into a lump-sum turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for the Nova Scotia project.
Pieridae says Bechtel has agreed to review the scope and design of the proposed Goldboro LNG facility, develop an EPCC execution plan by March 31 and provide a lump sum turnkey contract price proposal by May 31.
It is also engaging with the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq First Nations concerning their participation in the construction of a large work camp at the site.
On Oct. 1 a partnership between workforce accommodations firm Black Diamond Group Ltd. and Wskijnu’k Mtmo’taqnuow Agency Ltd., which is wholly owned by the 13 Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia, said it had been selected to negotiate a contract to build the worker lodge. It estimated the construction and four-year operation of the camp at $720 million, though the deal remains contingent on whether or not the project moves forward.
In May, Pieridae announced a delay until June 2021 to make a final decision on proceeding with the project, citing technical obstacles created by COVID-19.
Also in May, the Alberta Energy Regulator put Pieridae’s natural gas supply in question when it refused to transfer licences for production assets purchased from Shell Canada because the application would have split liabilities for cleaning up the sites, especially two gas-processing plants. Shell and Pieridae are trying to work with the AER to win its approval.
“This is a very positive step forward for our Goldboro LNG Project,” said Pieridae CEO Alfred Sorensen in a news release Sept. 29.
“Bechtel has significant experience building and delivering global LNG projects, helping their customers deliver about 30 per cent of the world’s LNG capacity over the past two decades. They have a proven track record of delivering projects throughout the world on time and on budget.”
With a file from On-Site Staff