Norwegian LNG infrastructure group Crown LNG has awarded the front end engineering design (FEED) contract for its Kakinada LNG terminal in India to Aker Solutions.
Crown LNG announced in June 2021 that it would build the offshore terminal for KGLNG, a subsidiary of East LNG, which will use Crown’s proprietary technology to allow it to operate all year round, including through India’s monsoon season. The terminal will have an annual regasification capacity of 7.2 million tonnes and will be developed as a gravity-based structure that will sit on the seabed 11 km offshore. The terminal will connect to existing mature pipeline infrastructure in the region. A final investment decision (FID) is expected by the end of 2022.
Aker Solutions will be the main contractor for the gravity-based structure in concrete. It will be responsible for the technical development and execution, including all topsides facilities, and will identify a construction yard in India where construction of the gravity-based structure will take place. It was also take charge of installation and hook-up of the topsides process and utilities. Siemens Energy and Wärtsilä Gas Solutions will be the key subcontractors. Siemens will develop the power generation and distribution system and the platform control system. Wärtsilä will develop the re-gasification system for the LNG terminal.
Aker already has experience of building concrete gravity-based structures in the harsh conditions of the North Sea and the Arctic, as well as building the world’s first concrete LNG offshore terminal, the Adriatic LNG Terminal. Wärtsilä Gas Solutions has provided regasification systems for more than 20 floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) globally.
‘This LNG terminal will be based in a location exposed to monsoon seasons, which requires partners with the best track record from harsh environment projects. This is why we have engaged Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Wärtsilä,’ says Gunnar Knutsen, CEO of Crown LNG AS, Crown LNG’s project services company.