14 workers test positive for Covid-19 at Canada’s largest infrastructure project

Some 14 workers at a 400ha LNG project overseen by American engineer Fluor and Japan’s JGC have been diagnosed with Covid-19 by Canada’s Northern Health Authority.

The outbreak took place at the Kitimat industrial area in British Columbia, where work is being carried out for LNG Canada, a consortium made up of Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and Kogas.

Specific employees are to be screened for Covid-19, 32 staff are self-isolating at the site and others are isolating at home.

The coronavirus outbreak declaration will be in place until at least 17 December.

JGC Fluor won a US$11bn contract for the design, procurement, fabrication and assembly of the plant in 2018, which is touted as Canada’s largest infrastructure project.

When completed, the plant will contain a natural gas receiving and production facility, a marine terminal, a tugboat dock, LNG loading lines, a rail yard, water treatment facility and flare stacks.

The project will initially consist of two liquefaction units, known as trains, producing 14 million tonnes of LNG a year, with the option of expanding to four trains in the future.

The project is due to be completed in the middle of the 2020s.

Image: An aerial view of the LNG Canada site in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada (Fluor/Business Wire)

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