A 345-tonne main cryogenic heat exchanger and two precooler units have arrived at LNG Canada’s site in Kitimat, as construction activities progress through the project’s “going vertical” stage.

Confirming the equipment arrival, LNG Canada said crews spent the week of 7th June unloading the cargo ship that had docked at the new material offloading facility (MOF) in Kitimat Harbour.

The equipment was then placed on large transporters, which moved the pieces along the project site’s new three-kilometre-long haul road to the main construction area.

It is believed the equipment will soon be connected to other pieces of LNG infrastructure. Once the main cryogenic heat exchanger is installed vertically, it will be among the most visible components at the site – and it’s the first of two units built by Linde for the project.

Commenting on the progress, Peter Zebedee, CEO of LNG Canada, said, “Taking delivery of our first main cryogenic heat exchanger and precoolers is another significant milestone for the LNG Canada project, and represents a number of firsts for us.”

“It’s our first opportunity to receive critical infrastructure at our new material offloading facility, and our first heavy equipment transport along our new haul road to our main construction site.”

“Thanks to the thousands of highly-skilled Canadians who are working on our project, we’re making tremendous progress in 2021, and we’ll be reaching more major milestones, safely, in the weeks and months to come.”

Often described as the “heart” of an LNG facility, main cryogenic heat exchangers are made to liquify natural gas.

Gas enters a main cryogenic heat exchanger near its base and exits at its top in a sub-cooled, liquified state, at -160°C. The liquified gas is then piped to a storage tank, and from there, it is loaded onto specialised carriers for ocean transport.