The Canadian unit of Belgian contractor Besix, with its joint venture partner Vancouver Pile Driving (Vanpile), has been chosen to build a liquid natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, in northern British Columbia, Canada.Â
Via the Douglas Channel, one the principal fjords of British Columbia, the port is part of the Northwest Corridor connecting North America to the Pacific Rim.
The LNG Berth Marine Structure contract was awarded to Besix Canada and Vanpile by the JGC-Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture (JFJV).
Once completed, the LNG Terminal will be maintained by JFJV and operated by LNG Canada, a joint venture between Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and Kogas.
Besix and Vanpile will build a 500-metre-long quay wall, an LNG platform and all associated mooring and berthing structures.Â
The works also involve the construction of scour protection, roadways, foundations for buildings, electrical works as well as the installation of marine equipment such as automated navigation aids.
Construction will start in 2019 with the removal of the existing facilities, shoreline protection and current infrastructure. The works will be completed in 2021, BesixÂ said. Â
Fabian Boucher, Besix Canada General Manager: "The LNG Berth Marine Structure is the second marine project that Besix carries out in Canada, once again in cooperation with our local partner and thanks to the proposed innovative design of the Besix Engineering Department."
Image: Besix’s visualisation of the LNG terminal at Kitimat