McDermott To Build Plaquemines LNG Storage Tanks

Contractor's CB&I unit will build a pair of storage tanks for new LNG facility in Louisiana.

Rendering of Venture Global's planned 20-mtpa Plaquemines LNG facility along the Mississippi River.

McDermott’s storage business, CB&I, has been awarded a contract by Venture Global Plaquemines LNG for two 200,000-m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks as part of the first phase of the Plaquemines LNG export project.

Located on a 630-acre site along the Mississippi River, 20 miles south of New Orleans, Plaquemines LNG is ultimately expected to have a combined export capacity of up to 20 mtpa. The Phase 1 scope for CB&I includes the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of two full- containment concrete LNG storage tanks with associated foundations, tank top mechanical systems, and pipe racks extending to the main facility.

CB&I recently achieved ready-for-cooldown as scheduled for two LNG tanks of similar size and scope for the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG project.

Last April, Venture Global said it had partnered with Zachry Group in the development of the Plaquemines LNG export project. That followed the company’s previous announcement of the selection of KBR as the EPC contractor for the facility. KBR and Zachry Group are working together, through a new joint venture dubbed KZJV under the EPC contract for Phase 1 of Plaquemines LNG.

KZJV will integrate modularized, owner-furnished equipment for the 10-mtpa first phase, identical to the systems being successfully delivered and installed at Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass project.

Last month, Venture Global signed a deal to supply 2 mtpa of LNG on a free on board basis from Plaquemines LNG to China’s CNOOC as part of a 20-year sales and purchase agreement. In November, the company signed a similar deal to supply 4 mtpa from Plaquemines to Sinopec. Prior to those deals, the company had agreements in place with PGNiG (2.5 mtpa) and EDF (1 mtpa) from the facility.