(EnergyAsia, March 27 2013, Wednesday) — A subsidiary of China’s Wison Group has agreed to provide support services to two European firms developing export-oriented liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in North America.

EDF Trading and Exmar NV are looking to export LNG by using offshore barge-mounted natural gas liquefaction facilities that have been jointly developed by Exmar, Wison and US engineering firm Black & Veatch.

Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd said it will be responsible for providing turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) services for the mobile, self-contained units to be connected to existing pipeline, tank and jetty infrastructure to export LNG. These plants will utilise topside liquefaction equipment and packages designed by Black & Veatch using its proven PRICO® single mixed refrigerant technology.

The agreement marks the second such collaboration between Wison, Exmar and Black & Veatch following the award for a similar facility announced in June 2012 and presently under construction at Wison’s fabrication facility in Nantong, China.

“The ability to be involved with EDFT, a leading player in the global gas market, in developing LNG export scenarios for the North American market and expand our existing relationship with Exmar is a tremendous opportunity for Wison,” said L. Dwayne Breaux, executive vice president for Wison Offshore & Marine, Ltd.

“Wison, Exmar and Black & Veatch are in the process of proving that we can supply a reliable, cost-efficient solution to the industry and this opportunity will only further establish this group as the leading suppliers of offshore liquefaction facilities.”