A joint venture of Brussels-based BESIX and Vancouver Pile Driving has been awarded a major contract for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.

JGC Fluor, the lead contractor on the $40-billion LNG export project, selected the BESIX Canada/Vanpile joint venture.

Work will include the construction of a 500-meter-long quay wall, an LNG platform and all associated mooring and berthing structures, BESIX said in a statement.

The contract also includes construction of scour protection, roadways, foundations for buildings and electrical works, and installation of marine equipment such as automated navigation aids.

Construction will start in 2019 with the removal of the existing facilities, shoreline protection and current infrastructure, BESIX said.

The work is expected to be completed in 2021.

LNG Canada joint venture partners Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS officially handed off construction to JGC Fluor in April.

The project is expected to start operating in 2024/2025.

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