The client envisioned the supply of a lower carbon, cleaner fuel, Liquified Natural Gas, for its remote mine site operations. Aligning with the company’s values to reduce the site’s environmental impact and carbon emissions, whilst maintaining secure efficient on-site power generation. The client required the engagement of the top-tier vendors, contractors, suppliers, and other intermediators throughout the value chain of LNG supply.
BE&R were selected to act as the Owner’s Engineer to engage, define, and assess the full value chain for supplying liquified natural gas, sourcing suitable small volume parcels, 0.25 – 0.5 MTPA, from viable SEA and Australian locations to the remote mine site.
The current fuel mix being used for power generation at the mine site includes geothermal, HFO and Diesel, with HFO being the main source. Considering the location of the mine site, the challenge for our client was to source a reliable, secure, and continued supply of LNG, whilst preserving the local community interests and safety. BE&R developed an engagement and assessment program with LNG suppliers in the pacific region, considering LNG specification, terminal compatibility, commercial interest, shipping distance and trade routes. Further challenges were ensuring minimal impact on the ongoing port and mining operations and mitigating the environmental conditions present including indication of significant tsunami and seismic activity.
BE&R through its strong network in the SSLNG industry, engaged with an array of vendors and suppliers as owners engineer and evaluated all viable options available throughout the LNG supply chain.
BE&R completed the concept definition phase, successfully identifying a preferred concept to take forward, an alongside floating storage and regasification facility. This concept was selected due to its minimal risk exposure to personnel and operational impact on the existing operation. The concept is being further developed to meet and mitigate the environmental challenges through robust design and analysis.
The use of LNG as a fuel on the mine site is being shown to save 70,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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