ConocoPhillips COP recently agreed to partner with liquefied natural gas (LNG) engineer KBR, Inc. KBR to work on designing a mid-scale LNG train. The companies expect the design to be ready for LNG projects that will start in 2019.
ConocoPhillips, along with KBR, will create a front-end engineering and design (FEED) for mid-scale capacity LNG trains, having a capacity in the range of 1.5-3.0 metric tons per annum (MTPA). The design will be used in both new LNG projects as well as LNG facility upgradations.
The designing project, which will be built with integrated modularized construction, will use the Optimized Cascade® process technology of ConocoPhillips. This technology is currently in use in LNG plants, which account for around 23% of the total global LNG supply.
Notably, the pillar of the project was actually built in 2017, utilizing KBR's SmartSPEND SM methodology to reduce the cost of the LNG facilities that applied the Optimized Cascade® technology. The latest project will appropriate this experience of cost reduction for providing mid-scale LNG solution, which is expected to face high demand in the market.
Once successful, the project will bring immense efficiency and operability for the mid-scale LNG trains. ConocoPhillips will also work with KBR for the large-scale LNG trains category, which is using similar technology and methodology to provide low unit costs and fast deployment.
Houston, TX-based ConocoPhillips has gained 57.7% in the past year compared with 35.8% collective growth of its industry .
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