Canaport LNG planning BOG Compression System Expansion
Saint John, New Brunswick – Canaport LNG announced plans today to upgrade the Terminal to become more efficient and reduce its environmental footprint. Completion of this project will reduce the amount of boil-off gas (BOG) sent to flare, resulting in the reduction of the Terminal’s emissions. The $43 million project is expected to create approximately 50 jobs for local contractors during the construction period.
Canaport LNG’s General Manager, Adolfo Azcarraga, is pleased to be undertaking another construction project. “Since becoming operational, we’ve reached many milestones; not only are we the first LNG terminal in Canada, we’ve also berthed Q-Max vessels, the largest LNG ships in the world, a first of any terminal on the east coast of North America. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the local contractors who built our facility and we are very pleased to again work with the community on another construction project at Canaport LNG.”
“Invest NB recognizes that the new construction project at Canaport LNG is a significant investment into the Province of New Brunswick,” said Invest NB’s CEO, Robert MacLeod. “The announcement of this project reinforces the image of our Province as a great location for investment.”
Two additional pieces of equipment will be installed during the project – a fourth boil-off gas (BOG) compressor and a new booster gas compressor. Currently, Canaport LNG collects boil-off gas from within the process and storage areas and this BOG is then re-condensed and sent to the gas pipeline via the main processing equipment or, if in excess, burned off directly through the flare. Rather than routing the BOG through the Terminal’s main processing equipment or flaring the excess, completion of this project will allow the BOG collected to be routed directly from the BOG compressors through the new booster compressor, increasing the pressure of the BOG up to pipeline operating pressure and exporting the BOG directly to the pipeline.
SNC-Lavalin, a member of the original EPC contractor consortium who constructed the facility, is managing the project on behalf of Canaport LNG.
Completion of this project will result in a significant decrease in the Terminal’s emissions to atmosphere by reducing the need to periodically flare excess BOG.
The BOG expansion project is slated to begin construction in April, 2012.
About Canaport LNG
Canaport LNG is majority-owned and managed by Repsol and is a partnership between Repsol of Spain and Irving Oil. Situated in Saint John, New Brunswick, the terminal is capable of sending 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. It is the first LNG receiving and regasification plant in Canada.