Technica Wins $8 million Design and Procurement Contract from Excelerate Energy
Following the submission of successful Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Grimsby-based engineering firm, Technica, has been awarded an $8 million contract for multi-discipline detailed design and procurement management for the Aguirre Offshore GasPort®.
Located 6km south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, the Aguirre Offshore GasPort® will be a floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification terminal with the same capabilities as a land-based terminal. The facility will provide fuel to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Central Aguirre Power Plant and is a step forward in the island’s strategy to convert power generation from high cost, high emissions imported oil to cost effective, cleaner burning natural gas.
Explains John Davison, managing director of Technica: “The contract with Excelerate Energy includes multi-disciplined detailed design, procurement management and construction supervision to enable the first transfer of LNG in 2015, following approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).”
“The gas is cooled to -162°C and changes state to a liquid enabling 600 times more volume to be transported in specialist ships across the world. It is then transferred from the LNG carrier safely and securely across the offshore platform to the Excelerate Energy Floating Storage and Regasification vessel where it is converted back to gas and transported via a subsea pipeline to the Aguirre Power Plant. We will be responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of the whole facility.”
Continues John: “We’ve completed a number of successful projects for Excelerate Energy over the years but this contract represents our biggest to date. As such, we’re actively recruiting quality candidates to bolster our existing team. As well as working on this highly prestigious, global project, we are delivering a variety of engineering projects closer to home so can offer excellent career opportunities for qualified engineers and surveyors.”
“Partnering with Technica was a strategic decision on our part to ensure the success of this very important project,” stated Edward Scott, Chief Operating Officer for Excelerate Energy. “Having partnered with Technica on previous projects, we know the level of competence and professionalism their team will deliver to this integral component of the project.”