BMT Asia Pacific has signed a contract with Endeavor Energy for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification facility in Côte d’Ivoire.
The subsidiary of the BMT Group Ltd. has been appointed Owners Engineer and lead design consultant and will integrate the Songon Gas-to-Power Project in the West African country.
“The Songon Power Project is expected to add approximately 375 MW to Côte d’Ivoire’s national grid”, said BMT Business Development Manager Andrew Bridson.
BMT Awarded LNG Engineering
Songon, a greenfield development, will consist of combined cycle gas to power generation with an integrated fuel solution, featuring purpose-built LNG infrastructure and a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).
At Songon, BMT will be conducting FEED level studies, including operability assessments, infrastructure design and optimisation studies for the supply of gas from the LNG FSRU via subsea infrastructure to the onshore gas turbines outside Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
According to Bridson, the project, “jointly led by Endeavor Energy and Starenergie2073”, represents “a boost in generation capacity that will sustain and propel the country’s rapidly expanding economy”.
The appointment follows BMT Asia Pacific’s extensive experience with Endeavour, established last year during the development of Africa’s first ever LNG import terminal – the Ghana 1000 Power Project.
Endevor Energy Sources Funding
Endeavour announced earlier this year it was looking for funding for the Songon Project. According to a statement by the Africa-focused producer, it had already secured a power selling agreement with the Ivorian government.
The company’s chief executive Sean Long had told Reuters that he was confident of “an over-supply of financing” for the project, albeit the current decline in offshore natural gas production.
“With the declining low-cost natural gas, there’s a shortage of fuel supply. They need a sustainable and reliable fuel supply that’s also environmentally friendly”, he said at the time.