Technip has been awarded a contract for an 800,000 tons per year (tpy) liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, in China.

The world leader in engineering, technologies and project management for the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a lump sum contract for a mid-scale LNG plant to be built in Yinchuan, China, by Ningxia Hanas Natural Gas Company Ltd.

The contract covers the engineering, supply of main equipment, procurement and construction management services for facilities for natural gas pre-treatment, liquefaction, LNG storage and loading, utilities, offsites, buildings and other infrastructure.

The plant will be the largest facility of its kind in China, and includes two trains (units that transform natural gas into LNG by cooling it to a temperature of 162˚C) with a capacity of 400,000 tpy each, based on an Air Products liquefaction process.

The LNG will be distributed to the Chinese market to help meet the growing demand for clean energy.

Technip's operating centres in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Shanghai, China, will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2011.

Technip believes this is an important contract for the company in Asia Pacific, as it is the first LNG plant to be designed and built by the group in this region. It is also a breakthrough into the mid-scale LNG market, representing new opportunities for Technip.