France’s Technip has won the front-end engineering and design (feed) contract for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Fujairah, according to a company active on the project.

The project is operated by a joint venture of two state-owned Abu Dhabi groups, Mubadala Development Company and International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic), which aims to complete the first phase of the scheme by the end of 2014.

This covers the construction of floating storage and regasification units with a capacity of 4.5 million tonnes a year (t/y) of LNG, the equivalent of about 600 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of gas. Phase two will add another floating storage terminal with onshore vaporisation capacity, which will also be able to receive 4.5 million t/y of LNG.

Mubadala and Ipic tendered the feed contract earlier this year after a feasibility study was carried out by US-based Poten & Partners. Technip is aiming to complete the engineering design by March 2013, with the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) award expected before the end of that year.

Abu Dhabi is looking to import LNG all year round, with the bulk of the gas used for power production by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (Adwec). The main customers are expected to be the Fujairah 1 and 2 integrated water and power projects (IWPP), majority owned by Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea).

Technip also recently won the feed contract on the planned 200,000 barrel a day (b/d) refinery in Fujairah. Project operator Ipic is aiming to complete the estimated $3.5bn facility by 2016.