Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a key delivery method for clean, reliable natural gas across the world. Beyond the large, baseload LNG export facilities, LNG is now being used extensively to provide clean fuel directly to homes, industry and vehicles in many countries. Black & Veatch is the world leader in providing LNG facilities to fulfill the need for clean fuel.
An industry pioneer, Black & Veatch was involved in many of the world’s first LNG facilities in Algeria and in the U.S. in the early 1960s. In the early ‘70s, Black & Veatch developed the PRICO® single-mixed refrigerant process for LNG using a cost-effective design that covers a broad range of LNG plant capacities.
In addition to baseload LNG supply units, our PRICO LNG process technology is ideal for producing LNG for peak shaving, vehicle fuel supply and gas distribution systems. PRICO offers the lowest capital cost of all competing technologies and a simplified control system. Our patented process allows for rapid startup and shutdown and is proven in reliable operations, with reduced personnel requirements.
Black & Veatch has developed more than 20 operating LNG production facilities globally. Most facilities have used our PRICO process. In addition, many projects are now under development, including onshore and offshore/floating installations. Some of these plants are in China, where installed capacity will soon reach 8,000 tons/day.
Our operating plants are making a significant impact globally. All these facilities handle a broad range of gas streams from pipelines, produced gas, coal gasification, coal seam production and coke oven gas. The flexibility and reliability of the PRICO process has been proven through this broad range of applications.
In addition to liquefaction plants, Black & Veatch has strong LNG import terminal capabilities. We demonstrated that capability as the consortium lead on the Costa Azul LNG terminal in Mexico. Also, Black & Veatch has performed numerous front end engineering and design (FEED), pre-FEED and permitting projects for our LNG terminal clients.
From planning to construction, for import and export terminals and onshore and offshore/floating installations, Black & Veatch ensures low capital cost and reliable, environmentally responsible LNG facilities worldwide.