Houston, Texas-based KBR has moved a step closer to securing the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.
The company has emerged the winner of a parallel front-end engineering design (FEED) process that Woodfibre initiated in October 2016. Both KBR and JGC America, also of Houston, were asked to produce lump-sum turn-key EPC proposals.
KBR has been selected to move on to the next step, which Woodfibre is calling “pre-notice to proceed services.”
The relatively small Woodfibre LNG plant is proposed on a former pulp mill site near Squamish, BC. It has regulatory approval to export 2.1 million tonnes of LNG annually for 40 years and an estimated cost of $1.6 billion.
The “pre-NTP services” will include additional FEED work and cost optimization as well as a proposal for an EPC contract.
Woodfibre LNG expects to commence the EPC phase of the project in 2018, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.