CB&I has announced that PERU LNG has successfully produced its first cargo of LNG. CB&I is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the full scope of the project, the first LNG liquefaction plant in South America.
Hunt Oil Company is the owner and operator of PERU LNG, partnering with SK Energy of South Korea, Spain’s Repsol YPF and Marubeni of Japan. The project is located in the remote Pampa Melchorita area about 170 km south of Lima. The plant taps into the Camisea gas fields. Repsol has the rights to market the entire production output for the next 18.5 years.
“CB&I has been an outstanding partner on the PERU LNG project,” said Ray L. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of Hunt Oil Company. “We applaud them for their great success in bringing this project in on time and under budget with a safety record that is 10 times better than the industry norm.”
The plant has an annual capacity of 4.5 million tpy and is capable of producing up to 620 million ft3/d. It is hoped that the new plant will enable Peru to utilise its extensive oil and gas reserves to become a net exporter of hydrocarbons for the first time since the 1960s. The venture should also earn the country some US$ 1.4 billion a year.
The liquefaction plant utilises a propane pre-cooled mixed component refrigerant process, four refrigeration compressors, two gas turbines and associated systems. In addition, CB&I constructed a gas treatment plant, power generation utilities, two 130,000 m3 LNG storage tanks, the topsides of the 1300 m trestle and the ship loading facilities.
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