Energy technology company Siemens Energy (Siemens) has been announced as the supplier for what will be the world’s lowest-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG)-export facility.

Located near Squamish, in British Columbia, Canada, the Woodfibre LNG project aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during its operations by utilising clean, renewable hydroelectric power. 

Woodfibre LNG project, BC, Canada

Woodfibre LNG project, BC, Canada

Source: Siemens Energy

Designed to export 2.1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, the facility will see a significant amount of the technology used to produce the LNG supplied by Siemens. 

This will include all equipment associated with the main refrigeration trains, including compressors, synchronous motors, variable speed drives, converter transformers, harmonic filters, and powerhouses. 

What are the refrigeration trains used for?

The main refrigeration compressor trains are one of the components of the liquefaction process that produces the LNG that will eventually be stored in tanks and then transported to LNG tankers for shipping abroad.

Stating that LNG is set to play an essential role in a more sustainable future, Thorbjorn Fors, Executive Vice President, Industrial Applications at Siemens Energy, added, “This project is important, because it will help support the journey toward global decarbonisation with exports to Asian economies currently driven by coal.” 

Aligning with the low-emission nature of the project, Woodfibre LNG aims to incorporate sustainability into as many aspects of its design and engineering as possible. 

“This includes safe, efficient equipment for the LNG refrigeration process – like that which Siemens Energy will supply – to build what will become the world’s lowest-emission LNG export facility,” commented Christine Kennedy, President, Woodfibre LNG.

As one of the world’s leading power suppliers, Siemens provides an estimated one-sixth of the electricity generated globally.

Set for ‘substantial’ completion in 2027, the partners expect commercial operation to begin in September of that year.