OVERLAND PARK, KAN., and OMAHA, NEB — Black & Veatch and Kiewit have completed the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work and pre-construction planning activities for the Jordan Cove Liquefaction Project. Located in Coos Bay, Ore., the facility will utilize Black & Veatch’s PRICO LNG technology to produce up to 6 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year for export.

PRICO is a process developed by Black & Veatch to liquefy natural gas, making it available for transport via truck, rail or marine vessel. The process uses a Black & Veatch-patented, single-mixed refrigerant loop for natural gas liquefaction. According to Black & Veatch, the PRICO process boasts several key advantages, including low capital and operating expenditure, simplified refrigeration system requiring minimal equipment, simplified control and maintenance, and flexibility in feed gas composition.

Jordan Cove will help meet rising global demand for clean burning natural gas. In addition, the facility will offer a shorter, less expensive transport route to high demand markets throughout Asia when compared to most other proposed North American export projects.

The Jordan Cove facility, which is owned by Veresen Inc., will include two 160,000 cubic-meter, full-containment LNG storage tanks and marine facilities to berth and load approximately 90 LNG transport ships per year. The amount of LNG in one tank (42 million gallons) can supply enough gas to provide electrical power to 15 million homes for one day.

Impurities contained in the feed gas that can freeze at low temperatures, will be removed in two trains of gas conditioning and dehydration facilities. The trains are capable of processing approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), prior to being cooled to -260° F in the liquefaction process. In addition, a new 420 MW natural gas fueled combined cycle, combustion turbine plant will generate all of the electricity and steam needed to power the entire facility.

The unique integration of the generation and the liquefaction facilities, which supplies the energy needs of the PRICO electric motor driven compressors as well as the steam needed for the gas conditioning process, results in a highly energy efficient plant and low fuel gas consumption.

"Jordan Cove is an exciting project for the region and for the future prospects of U.S. natural gas exports," said Dale Williams, project director within Black & Veatch’s Oil & Gas business. "The facility will use Black & Veatch’s proven PRICO technology to allow Jordon Cove to provide vital LNG to key import markets worldwide."

"The scope involved with constructing the Jordan Cove LNG export facility is significant," said Dan Lumma, senior vice president, Kiewit Energy Group. "Kiewit’s early contractor involvement during FEED has benefited the project by providing planning for the site civil requirements, the construction of a new LNG ship berth, and the modularization strategy to build the facilities at this site."