Global Execution Energía Costa Azul S. de R.L. de C.V. selected Black & Veatch to lead a global alliance to solve those problems and build an efficient LNG plant in Ensenada, Mexico. The alliance included Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, Vinci Construction Grands Projects of France and Techint of Mexico. The large-scale LNG terminal required the global team effort to carry out the work. The scope included the LNG berthing and unloading facilities, two LNG storage tanks, and regasification and send-out facilities. The terminal and new marine facilities can receive and unload LNG ships that can hold up to 220,000 cubic meters (m3) of LNG. The two, 18-story storage tanks, in total, utilized more steel than the Eiffel Tower, each having a 2- to 3- foot thick reinforced concrete outer structure and a 9 percent nickel steel inner tank. The LNG is held in the storage tanks until gasified via open-rack vaporizers and is then delivered to the 42-inch pipeline. The Energía Costa Azul LNG terminal can regasify up to 1.3 billion standard cubic feet per day of natural gas with room for expansion. It is fully self-sufficient and generates its own power, utility air, potable water and service water. Permitting and compliance at the local and federal government levels ensured protection of marine and land fauna and endangered flora. The project team made sure cultural remains were preserved and marine fauna migration paths conserved. As an example, protected cacti were removed and stored in a nursery for later re-planting in the area. The regasified natural gas is used for supply to consumers and for power generation in Baja California and Southern California. It meets all Mexican and U.S. gas pipeline quality standards. The terminal is fully self-sufficient and generates its own power, utility air, potable water and service water. 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Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Liquefied Natural Gas Continues Growth Trajectory While Challenges Linger In the United States, it’s become somewhat of a modern gold rush: drillers racing to free deeply trapped natural gas to quench rising global demand, fueled by an accelerating migration away from coal and the desire for cleaner-burning, greener power options. 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