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Black & Veatch appoint new leader of Floating Offshore Solutions team

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Black & Veatch’s new floating solutions leader has identified floating LNG technologies as viable route to gas industry growth.

LNG technologies, such as floating LNG (FLNG) innovations, driven by its shorter construction lead times and lower capital investment costs, are increasingly becoming a viable option for increased gas deployments. FLNG helps mitigate siting constraints that shore-based infrastructure may face.

At the same time, the continued need for a balanced power generation portfolio as well as the need to address energy security and environmental concerns are driving rapid growth in the gas industry.

To support this, Black & Veatch is enhancing its ability to provide clients with FLNG expertise that offers cost and operational efficiencies.

“As countries seek alternatives to baseload feedstock for power generation and, in some instances the need to address heavily subsidised fuel oil-based generation, gas-fired generation offers a reliable alternative that helps create a more balanced energy portfolio. FLNG technologies provide LNG exporters and importers flexible, mobile liquefaction and regasification infrastructure,” said Jim Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Asia andFloating Offshore Solutions, Oil and Gas.

Black & Veatch’s global FLNG projects, now fully performance-tested and operational, include:

  • The world’s first barge-based floating liquefaction unit deployed offshore Argentina.
  • First-of-a-kind conversion of an LNG carrier to a FLNG vessel, deployed offshore Cameroon.
  • India’s first floating storage and regasification (FSRU) terminal project.

The company’s role encompasses front end engineering design - and detailed design - through to full engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) solutions. These projects span both tanker and barge-based LNG export and import infrastructure operating around the world.

In his new role, Jim Schnieders will lead Black & Veatch’s global Floating Offshore Solutions team, and the oil and gas team in Asia. He takes over the roles from Bob Germinder who retired after a 33-year well-respected career at Black & Veatch.

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