Pacific NorthWest LNG has awarded front-end engineering and
design (FEED) contracts for its proposed liquefied natural
gas (LNG) facility in British Columbia to three
international engineering contractors, officials said on
The contractors are Bechtel, a joint venture comprised of KBR
and JGC Corp., and the Technip/Samsung Engineering/China
Huanqiu joint venture.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is a subsidiary of Malaysias
state-owned oil company Petronas and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. (Japex).
These competitive contract awards represent an important
next step towards Pacific NorthWest LNG designing and
constructing a world-class LNG export facility in the District
of Port Edward, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
As part of the FEED process, and to build Canadian LNG
engineering expertise, Pacific NorthWest said it plans to
recruit and hire up to 30 Canadian engineers who will be
temporarily embedded with the FEED contractors over the next
one to two years.
"This world-class engineering and design work provides a
tremendous opportunity to begin the process of creating an LNG
knowledge center here in Vancouver," said Greg Kist, president
of Pacific NorthWest LNG.
"Hiring Canadian engineers and placing them in companies with
decades of international experience in LNG engineering will
ultimately pay long-term dividends in establishing a base of
engineering expertise in our British Columbia operations," he
The FEED and engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning
(EPCC) bid is expected to be complete by August 2014.,
At the end of 2014, Pacific NorthWest LNG plans to make
the final investment decision on the project. Following completion of the
FEED work and awarding of the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning work,
the Canadian team of engineers will be mobilized to the Pacific
NorthWest LNG's Vancouver office or at the site in the Prince
"This is an exciting step for Pacific NorthWest LNG," said
"Not only are we moving forward in our plans to build a major
LNG export facility here in British Columbia, we are developing
a core of Canadian engineering expertise for a promising new
segment within the Canadian energy industry. This investment in
skills training will help ensure that we establish and grow our
capacity and operations for many years."