(EnergyAsia, April 27 2012, Friday) — Two US engineering firms, Black & Veatch and Chemtex, have been selected by Jilin Qianyuan Energy Development to deliver a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in north-eastern China by late 2013.

Black & Veatch said the 500,000 normal cubic metres/day plant will feature its patented PRICO® LNG technology to help liquefy inlet pipeline natural gas. The LNG will be used primarily by trucks and other vehicles as an alternative fuel to diesel and gasoline.

The plant will integrate a process to strip off high nitrogen levels in the pipeline feed gas. A special boil-off gas re-liquefaction system will also be installed to prevent unnecessary fuel loss and increase the efficiency of the plant.

Brian Zhang, business development manager for Black & Veatch’s oil and gas business in China, said:

“LNG delivers significant cost and environmental benefits over other fuels. Applied and delivered with the right technology, the value that LNG brings can supersede that of alternative fuel options.”
Kerry Erington, Services Projects Director for Black & Veatch’s oil and gas business, said:
“The demand for LNG as a clean, portable alternative fuel source is gaining momentum in China. Our successful partnership with Chemtex has allowed us to establish a trusted reputation and leading market position in China.”

The Black & Veatch-Chemtex team has won 14 projects in China since the start of the partnership in 2005. Chemtex will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project.