Black & Veatch, in partnership with Chemtex, has successfully started-up three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.

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The plants feature Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® technology. In China, the technology is relied upon to support the need for alternative “Clean Energy” fuel to power vehicle, homes and industries.

Black & Veatch, in partnership with Chemtex, has successfully started-up three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants located at Jingbian and Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, and Wuhai, Inner Mongolia.

The Shaanxi Jingbian Xingyuan plant started operations in December 2013 and the Yulin Yuenheng and the Xilaifeng (Wuhai 1) LNG plants came on line in January 2014. The Qianlishan (Wuhai 2) LNG plant is on schedule to start-up in December 2014.

The plants feature Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® technology. PRICO® is an innovative process developed by Black & Veatch to liquefy natural gas. Known for its reliability and efficiency, the technology can be applied in a variety of scenarios. In China, the technology is relied upon to support the need for alternative “Clean Energy” fuel to power vehicle, homes and industries.

Mr. Shaowu Liu, Chief Engineer of Jingbian Xinyuan LNG Plant offered the following comments regarding the Chemtex-Black & Veatch project team’s performance, “We sincerely appreciate the amazing efforts of the Chemtex-Black & Veatch team to our Xinyuan project. During the whole construction duration, both the expertise and the spirit they’ve shown has been very impressive. The team not only offered excellent services but also encouraged and supported us to establish our own internal team. We are convinced that Xinyuan Plant will be a beacon for future LNG plants in China.”

“The take up rate for PRICO® technology has been very successful in China,” said Edward Zhou, Business Development Director of Black & Veatch’s oil and gas business in China. “The technology provides a win-win offering. It’s flexible, simplifies operations and is low in capital and operating costs, while demand remains robust in China with the increased focus to find alternative, clean energy sources. At present, the Chemtex-Black & Veatch team has commissioned 11 operational plants utilizing PRICO® technology in China, and has an additional 10 plants in design and construction phases.”

“We see great potential for the Chemtex-Black & Veatch team to contribute further to China’s Clean Energy future,” said Pedro S. Losa, Chief Executive Officer of Chemtex International, Inc. “Our team is working to bring even more cost effective, fast track LNG projects to the Chinese market.”

Yuanheng Energy Co. Ltd. made the following comments, “This project was successfully started up at the very first attempt. We would like to express our sincere thanks to, our reliable and honest partner – the Chemtex-Black & Veatch team – for all the efforts you have made. During the whole project duration, the team has shown its brilliant effectiveness, expertise, teamwork, and the spirit of service and of responsibility, which makes us feel very proud of the decision we had made. It is a pleasure to cooperate with such trustworthy companies. We appreciate your efforts and we believe that we will be proud of this project as well.”

As well providing the technology, Black & Veatch provides commissioning, start-up, equipment procurement assistance and other engineering services in support of Chemtex. Chemtex, as the prime contractor provides lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction services to its clients in China.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch has been an industry pioneer in LNG since the 1960s. The company has supported the production of over 150 million tons of LNG.
  • The partnership between Black & Veatch and Chemtex started in 2005
  • PRICO® boasts several key advantages, including:
  • Low capital and operating expenditure
  • Simplified refrigeration system that requires minimal equipment
  • Simplified control and maintenance
  • Flexibility in feed gas composition
  • Highly efficient and reliable

To download a high-resolution photo of a Chinese LNG facility, please click on the following link:
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Tanker trucks line up to receive LNG (liquefied natural gas) from the Erdos, Inner Mongolia, PRC, facility for transport to local distribution points.

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2013 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

About Chemtex
Chemtex is a global technology and engineering solution provider belonging to the M&G Chemicals Group of companies, which is also part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group. Chemtex specializes in delivering value-added projects for its clients in the PET/polyester, LNG energy & environmental, fibers and petrochemical industries throughout the world. The company today has operations in Wilmington, NC in the USA, Beijing and Shanghai in the People's Republic of China and Bangalore in India.

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