Energy services firm Aker Solutions has bagged a contract to carry out design work for a planned LNG terminal in India.
The Norwegian company will carry out front-end engineering and design (FEED) for Crown LNG’s proposed Kakinada LNG regassification project.
There is also scope for engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) of the facility as part of the contract.
That is due to be confirmed upon final investment decision – expected by the end of 2022.
Aker Solutions will be responsible for technical development of the concrete foundation and topsides, as well as the pipeline between the offshore regassification terminal and the onshore gas grid.
Although the concept is at an early stage, the gravity based structures are expected to be more than 200 meters long, around 60m wide and 40m tall.
The topside will consist of LNG regassification facilities, supporting systems, living quarters, helideck, cranes, and an electrical and instrument building.
As the main contractor, Aker Solutions will coordinate subcontractors Siemens Energy and Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
Work on the FEED is expected to commence immediately, with delivery next year.
Due to the threat of monsoons in the region, the LNG terminal will be designed and positioned in a way that it can maintain operations all year, regardless of the weather conditions.
Sturla Magnus, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ topside and facilities business, said: “We are pleased to be a part of this very exciting project to develop the Kakinada LNG terminal. Aker Solutions is recognized as the world’s leading contractor for advanced concrete structures for marine projects.
“In the past, we have delivered some of the largest and most complex offshore concrete installations. As we embark on this important energy project, we will tap on more than 40 years of concrete experience, including Troll A, Hebron, Sakhalin I & II and Adriatic LNG.”
He added: “This is one of the great advantages of concrete installations. They have the necessary robustness to withstand extreme weather conditions such as the Indian monsoon season.”