LNG project development company, EPIK, has engaged Watpac to provide design, engineering and construction services for the onshore infrastructure components of its floating storage and regasification unit at Port of Newcastle.

EPIK has also established a subsidiary in Australia, Newcastle GasDock Company, to do the project.

Watpac is to be supported by Mott MacDonald, a marine and engineering infrastructure consultant with experience in numerous FSRU projects around the world.

“This is a significant step forward for the Newcastle LNG project… to secure uncompromising engineering expertise at a competitive price point, facilitating and preserving our aggressive project development schedule,” Jee Yoon, EPIK founder and managing director, said.

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Watpac is a subsidiary of BESIX which was responsible for the design and construction of the Bahrain LNG import terminal.

“As an Australian company, we are thrilled to be partnering with EPIK to deliver the engineering and construction services for this critical project,” Bram Gruwez, Watpac general manager said,

“With our help, the Newcastle LNG import terminal will safely provide NSW with a long-term source of competitive gas supply, supporting existing and future industry and helping to grow the region’s economy,” Mr Gruwez said.

EPIK expects receive regulatory approvals for the project by early 2020.

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