Black & Veatch Chosen for FEED Work on Proposed Ksi Lisims LNG Floating Natural Gas Project in Canada

Press Release
July 10, 2023

Net-zero designed project advances into FEED, will use B&V’s PRICO© liquefaction technology

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Black & Veatch, a global leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure solutions, in collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) of South Korea announced today it has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Ksi Lisims LNG nearshore floating production facility in northwest Canada.

The Ksi Lisims LNG project represents the next generation of LNG export design, re-inventing the industry for environmentally sensitive and greenhouse-gas constrained development situations.

Developed jointly by the Nisga’a Nation, Rockies LNG, and Western LNG, the project will be one of the most significant Indigenous-led infrastructure projects in Canadian history. Ksi Lisims (pronounced “s’lisims”) will be hosted by the Nisga’a Nation on their wholly-owned Treaty land.

The project will use a floating LNG design to that improves the project economics, minimizes land impacts, and reduces construction related risk. With commercial operations anticipated to begin in 2028, Ksi Lisims LNG will be designed to produce up to 12 million metric tons of LNG per year for export to overseas markets.

Once completed, Ksi Lisims LNG will have among the world’s lowest unit carbon emissions rates of any large-scale LNG export projects globally, providing global energy markets with lower-carbon, reliable LNG that will help meet growing energy needs and reduce the need for base-load coal plant construction. Through connection with British Columbia’s renewable hydroelectric grid and use of innovative design features, the project’s greenhouse gas emissions will be 90 percent lower than conventional LNG facilities. Combined with a credible offset management plan, the project expects to be net-zero ready by 2030.

“The Ksi Lisims LNG project team is delighted to be working with the world’s pre-eminent experts in floating LNG engineering and design,” said Davis Thames, president and CEO of Western LNG. “As global leaders in FLNG engineering & construction, we understand that B&V and Samsung Heavy Industries undertake extensive analysis and carefully choose each project they work with. This agreement demonstrates their confidence in the fundamentals of our project and our prospects for success - we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with them both.”

“Ksi Lisims LNG project will be the heartbeat of our Nation’s economy,” said Eva Clayton, president of the Nisga’a Lisims Government. “It’s our best chance to build prosperity and a positive future for our people. After nearly 10 years of planning work, we’re thrilled to see the project advance into FEED.”

“The opportunity to work on this game-changing LNG facility is attracting the best and brightest team in the LNG field,” said Charlotte Raggett, president and CEO of Rockies LNG. “Canada is stepping up to offer reliable, low-risk, lower-emission natural gas. We’re happy to have B&V and SHI join us in getting this important cleaner energy resource to the markets that need it most.”

“We are excited and look forward to further developing our relationship with this the Ksi Lisims LNG owners team. We see this FEED award as an important step as we move towards working together on the engineering and construction of this world class project,” added Javid Talib, a vice president and managing director in Black & Veatch’s energy resources industries business.

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About the Ksi Lisims LNG developers  

The Nisga’a Nation is a self-governing, modern treaty Nation with significant, defined control of and rights over their lands. They are a founding member of the First Nations Climate Initiative.  

Rockies LNG Partners is a partnership of Canadian natural gas producers formed to advance LNG market access opportunities on the west coast of British Columbia. Rockies LNG’s partners are committed to responsible development of Canadian natural gas resources.  

Western LNG is based in Houston and Vancouver. The company is an experienced developer and operator of LNG and related energy infrastructure facilities.  

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