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Black & Veatch selected as owner’s engineer for Brazilian power plant

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Black & Veatch has announced that it has been selected as owner’s engineer by Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (CELSE) for the Porto de Sergipe plant – a 1516 MW combined cycle power project in northeastern Brazil. CELSE is a joint venture (JV) between Golar Power and Ebrasil.

This follows a recent announcement by Qatar Petroleum that Ocean LNG Ltd (an affiliate of Qatar Petroleum) had signed a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with CELSE. Under the agreement, Ocean LNG will supply 1.3 million tpy of LNG to CELSE on an Ex-ship basis for the power project, with shipments starting in 2020.

As owner’s engineer, Black & Veatch’s services include monitoring the cost and schedule performance of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, as well as technical review of the design and equipment.

Eduardo Antonello, the Chief Executive of Golar Power, said: “Black & Veatch was chosen for this vital project because of their proven technical expertise in delivering high-quality power generation projects worldwide.

“Black & Veatch is very well positioned to help us successfully complete this major combined cycle generation project.”

The facility will include three 7HA.02 advanced technology gas turbines by General Electric (GE). These combustion turbines will be the first units installed in South America, and will run on LNG delivered via a new floating storage regasification unit (FSRU). Construction of the power plant is scheduled to commence in November 2016, with commissioning scheduled for late 2019.

Ed Walsh, the President of Black & Veatch’s Power business, said: “Black & Veatch is bringing its global knowledge and experience in advanced combined cycle projects.

“We are focused on helping to deliver this project on time and on budget in support of CELSE’s goal to provide clean, efficient and reliable electricity to the people of Brazil.”

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