Angola LNG awards Toyo Kanetsu tanks contracts

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, June 2 -- Bechtel Group has awarded Toyo Kanetsu KK an order valued at ¥13.5 billion to design and supply two large LNG tanks and two LPG tanks for the Angola LNG Ltd. gas liquefaction project at Soya.

Additionally, the Japanese firm has been contracted to provide materials for other small tanks at the plant, now under construction and the first LNG facility to be built in Angola. It is slated to be in online in early 2012 and designed to produce 5.2 million tonnes/year of LNG.

Angola LNG gave Bechtel notice to proceed with construction of the LNG train in February, along with storage and marine loading facilities for LNG, LPG, and condensate (OGJ Online, Feb. 8, 2008).

Bechtel, in cooperation with ConocoPhillips under the ConocoPhillips-Bechtel Global LNG Collaboration, has been involved in detailed engineering and procurement for the Angola LNG liquefaction train since early 2007.

The plant will be supplied with gas from the offshore Blocks O, 14, 15, 17, and 18 as well as from the ultradeep Blocks 31 (BP PLC) and 32 (Total SA). It will use ConocoPhillips's Optimized Cascade LNG process to produce LNG; LPGs, such as propane and butane; condensate; and domestic pipeline gas.

Angola LNG stakeholders include state-owned Sonangol 22.8%, Chevron Corp. 36.4%, BP 13.6%, Total 13.6%, and Eni SPA 13.6%.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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