Kinder Morgan Awards Elba Island Gas Liquefaction Contracts

Kinder Morgan subsidiaries Elba Liquefaction Company and Southern LNG Company have awarded IHI E&C International Corp. (IHI E&C) a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and startup of Kinder Morgan’s natural gas liquefaction project at Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia, USA.

Shell is the customer for 100% of the liquefaction capacity and ship-loading services being developed by the project. When completed, the Elba Liquefaction Project will process and liquefy a total capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG, the company said.

The approximately US$2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project will consist of 10 movable modular liquefaction system trains using Shell proprietary technology. The new units will connect to Kinder Morgan’s existing re-gasification terminal at Elba Island, which will be modified to receive LNG from the new liquefaction facilities. Modifications to the existing Elba facilities will include compression for vapor handling and new pumps for loading the LNG on vessels for export.

Initial engineering, procurement, and construction planning are being performed by IHI E&C’s Houston office while awaiting approval of the project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In addition to project modularization, execution will feature significant instrumentation and electrical engineering, logistics and interface management, procurement, supply-chain expertise, and large scale construction.

IHI E&C, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IHI Corporation, is a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction company providing energy solutions around the globe, delivering projects in a variety of industries, including gas processing and LNG, petrochemicals, chemicals and polymers, synthesis gas and derivatives, and refining.