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Dominican Republic LNG contract oversight is awarded to Tractebel

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AES Corp., the US power company and Caribbean LNG import terminal owner, has named Belgian engineering firm Tractebel as owner’s engineer for the expansion of the existing LNG terminal near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

The Santo Domingo terminal has allowed the Dominican Republic to diversify its energy mix and reduce dependency on oil imports as well as offering a cleaner source of power generation.

Engie unit

Tractebel, a subsidiary of French utility and energy company Engie, also helped coordinate the development for AES of the Costa Norte LNG terminal near the entrance to the Panama Canal that started operations in Panama in 2017.

Tractebel said the Dominican Republic project consisted of constructing an additional LNG storage tank, more vaporization capacity and building two truck-loading bays.

“AES’s approach is to drive multiple competitive front-end engineering and design aimed at selecting the most suitable one. Based on these studies, each engineering, procurement and construction bidder will propose its EPC price,” explained Tractebel.

Tractebel said its role was to support the AES Andres subsidiary during the development phase and until the EPC contractor is selected.

The Panama and Dominican Republic terminals are jointly creating an LNG hub in the region for small-scale distribution.

The AES Andres facility at Punta Caucedo in the Dominican Republic has been in operation since 2003, making it the region’s longest-standing LNG importing nation.

Capacity at the AES Andres terminal is less than 2 million tonnes per annum, while the Costa Norte facility in Panama has around 1.5 MTPA of capacity.

“This new contract, awarded on the basis of successful collaboration Tractebel and AES had on their previous LNG project in Panama, demonstrates once more the confidence AES has in Tractebel, and its trust in Tractebel expertise,” said Zech Christian, Tractebel senior project manager.

“The success of this phase is particularly important for Tractebel, as we aim to be awarded the next phase, owner’s engineering during EPC execution,” he added.