Sabotage attacks to its main gas pipeline from Egypt has forced the Jordanian government to find new ways of getting gas to the country. The LNG Terminal near Aqaba could be the answer. By Yamurai Zendera
The construction of Jordan’s new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal project, which is located some 18km south of the Red Sea city of Aqaba, is arguably the most important project currently being undertaken in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
That is the assessment of BAM International’s Howard McDonagh, who, as the scheme’s project manager, is better placed than most to make such an assertion.
In many ways, the value of the project has to be seen in the context of the country’s current energy requirement. One of the biggest challenges faced by Jordan is keeping up with the rapidly increasing demand for energy as it continues to grow economically.
Energy demand has increased rapidly over the past four years, in part due to the population growing by 20% after the Syrian refugee influx.
Furthermore, repeated sabotage attacks in Egypt have all but halted its gas supplies to Jordan, which has forced the country to substitute the relatively cheap gas with much more expensive diesel and heavy fuel. Quite a burden when you consider that Jordan’s limited natural resources means it is a net energy importer.
“Of all the projects in Jordan, the new Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal project is probably the most important at the moment,” said McDonagh.
“There’s a great emphasis to deliver the project on time,” he added.
A joint venture (JV) of BAM International and MAG Engineering was awarded the project by Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) in December 2013 under a $65.6mn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal.
The scope of work comprises the design and construction of an LNG jetty with approach trestle, including the required MEP services for handling the gas from a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to a tie-in point with the FAJR (Jordanian Egyptian FAJR Company) transmission pipeline.
It also involves installation of a gas metering and chromatograph system, high-integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) and emergency shutdown (ESD) systems as well as associated buildings and infrastructure.
The new 1km-long, 24-inch pipeline will tie in with the existing pipeline south of the project and alongside a public coastal road. The main gas pipe arrived in September from Spain in 12-metre lengths ready for welding. Pipeline construction above and below ground is 85% complete and will be over in mid-March.
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