Kiewit finishes engineering work on natural gas plant

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00 am

Kiewit Corp. of Omaha and Black & Veatch, headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., have finished the engineering and design of a natural gas liquefaction export facility in Coos Bay, Ore.

The completion prepares the site for construction of the Jordan Cove Energy Project, with a capacity of 6 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year.

Kiewit didn’t disclose financial details about its work, but the cost of the overall project has been estimated at $6 billion.

Kiewit and Black & Veatch said the plant’s production will help meet the rising global demand for natural gas through a shorter, cheaper transportation route to Asia than from other North American export facilities.

The plant is owned by Veresen Inc. It will have two 42 million-gallon storage tanks and marine facilities to load about 90 transport ships a year. Each storage tank will hold enough gas to produce electrical power for 15 million homes for one day.

The plant will process and cool about 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and generate its own electricity and steam from natural gas, a unique integration of energy uses, Kiewit said.

The 42-month construction period will average 900 jobs and peak at about 2,100, the companies said.

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