TRIESTE – Cimolai Spa has completed four modules to house part of the plant and machinery of the LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada.
The manufacture of the four structures required the involvement of all Cimolai plants in Friuli and, in particular, the one in San Giorgio di Nogaro, where the structures were assembled and loaded on barges for transportation by sea to the Avenza (Massa Carrara) shipyard. The modules themselves will be completed with the installation of plant, machinery, and cladding before delivery and commissioning in Canada. The construction of the imposing structures, characterized by exceptionally high-quality standards, was completed in less than 20 months.
The order is part of a large project for constructing and managing a new terminal for the extraction, liquefaction, storage and loading of natural gas. The program calls for the initial export of 6.5 tons of natural gas per year, and the first shipment of LNG from the Kitimat terminal is expected by the first half of 2025.
The four structures, each of which measures approximately 21 meters wide, 26 meters high and 73 meters long, for a total weight of over 6 thousand tons, were commissioned by general contractor Baker Hughes, for the Lng Canada consortium. It includes some of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, such as Shell, Petronas, Petrochina, Mitsubishi Corporation and Korea Gas Corporation (client JFJV-JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture).
In the last few days, the Italian company, a world leader in the design, supply and assembly of complex steel structures, had completed the construction (for Allseas, one of the major international companies in the offshore field) of two steel beams, each 175 meters long and weighing 6500 tons. These were highly complex structures and unique in the world in terms of size.
Over a thousand people contributed to the realization of this project, working from the four Friuli plants for over two and a half years. The client was the Societè d’Exploitation du Pioneering Spirit within the JLS System project, where the beams will compose the stern lifting system.