Engineering, design firms chosen

Norway-based Höegh LNG and Bechtel of San Francisco have been selected for engineering and design of the Malahat LNG project.

Norway-based Höegh LNG and Bechtel of San Francisco have been selected for the pre-front end engineering and design of the Malahat LNG project.

The companies were announced Sept. 23 as the primary designers of the proposed floating natural gas liquefaction and export facilities located on the shoreline of Malahat Nation-owned land at Bamberton.

“This agreement is a reflection of our commitment to developing projects to the highest technical and environmental standards,” said Nigel Kuzemko, CEO of Steelhead LNG. “Together, Höegh and Bechtel provide Malahat LNG with a unique combination of experience and expertise in maritime operations and the design and construction of LNG facilities.”

The work will commence immediately, according to the press release, and will run through to spring 2016 and will include both environmental assessments and facilities permitting processes.

The awarding of the contract to Höegh LNG and Bechtel, both experienced providers of specialized services in the LNG sector, “is a reflection of the importance Malahat Nation and Steelhead have placed on making sure the design of the Project is appropriate environmentally and technically for the Saanich Inlet,” said Lawrence Lewis, Malahat Nation’s CEO.

“We look forward to working with them as the proposed project moves forward.”

Sveinung J. S. Støhle, president and CEO of Höegh LNG, said his company looks forward to working closely with Bechtel and Steelhead “to deliver a cost-effective LNG solution that fully addresses the environmental and technical aspects of the project.”