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Mexican LNG Terminal EPC Contract

Posted on February 24, 2005

A Black & Veatch-led consortium (BMVT) comprised of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), Vinci Construction Grands Projets of France and Techint SA de CV of Mexico has been awarded the engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contract for Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, at its Energia Costa Azul LNG receipt terminal worth approximately US$500 million. The terminal is to be located north of Ensenada, Mexico. Black & Veatch and Techint SA de CV will undertake terminal design and construction, including LNG regasification and LNG unloading facilities. MHI and Vinci Construction Grands Projets will be responsible for construction of the LNG storage tanks.

The large-scale LNG receipt terminal will encompass an LNG jetty, unloading facilities, LNG storage tanks and regasification facilities. The terminal, which is reportedly the first to be located along the Pacific coast of the Americas, will be capable of receiving 7.6 million tons of LNG per year and processing 28 316 847 m3 of natural gas per day. The contract calls for construction of two above-ground LNG tanks each having a storage capacity of 160 000 m3.

LNG will be imported from LNG loading terminals in Sakhalin, Russia, and Tangguh, Indonesia. When completed in 2008, the terminal will supply gas for power generation and household use throughout Baja California, enabling Mexico to become self-reliant in those areas. Currently, the country has had to import natural gas from the United States.

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