Venture Global LNG announces successful string test of liquefaction equipment
Published by David Rowlands,
The string test proves the engineering, functionality and performance of the Calcasieu Pass process system just seven months after a final investment decision (FID) was taken on the project – a major achievement and step-change for the industry.
According to the statement, the 10 millon tpy Calcasieu Pass LNG project employs a comprehensive process solution from Baker Hughes that utilises highly efficient, mid scale, modular liquefaction trains that are factory-fabricated in Italy and shipped complete to the Calcasieu Pass site, which is currently under construction in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Venture Global issued full notice to proceed (FNTP) to Baker Hughes in August last year concurrent with the project FID.
As part of the ongoing execution of the project, Venture Global claims that the string test was carried out on the first full set of equipment to prove that all system components function together under normal operating conditions. The string test replicates and simulates site conditions, and every component that will be shipped to and operated at site is commissioned and validated in order to verify whole system functionality and performance. The test performs a mechanical running assessment and measures equipment vibration and bearing temperatures at full speed and full load. In addition to this, the auxiliary and control systems are also calibrated, which minimises these activities in the field. The successful string test demonstrates the strength of the project’s design and that the equipment will function properly once installed, a major milestone and an important indicator of on-time delivery for the overall project.
According to the statement, Baker Hughes and Venture Global used virtual technology to carry out the test in the face of restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Overall, the test involved 21 people in five cities around the world monitoring the test using advanced digital and video remote access, as well as local field technicians for both Baker Hughes and Venture Global directly observing in Massa.
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquefaction/03042020/venture-global-lng-announces-successful-string-test-of-liquefaction-equipment/
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