Consortium Launches LNG Project

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Peru LNG project, the largest industrial project ever to be undertaken in the history of Peru, officially launched today by awarding to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I) the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a natural gas liquefaction plant valued in excess of $1.5b. The Notice To Proceed authorization represents a commitment by the international project consortium (consisting of Hunt Oil Company of the United States, SK Corporation of Korea and Repsol YPF of Spain) to move forward with their direct investments to develop the Peru LNG gas export project. Hunt Oil Company will serve as operator of the project.

Peru LNG is a key component in Peru's overall energy plan. Natural gas resources in excess of local demand will be exported as a sustainable commodity for more than two decades with exports expected to commence in mid 2010. The total cost for the project, including the liquefaction plant, related marine and pipeline facilities and development and financing costs, aggregates approximately $3.8 billion and is the largest foreign direct investment in Peru's history. It has the strong support of the Peruvian government, as it will be an important engine of economic growth and jobs in Peru. Once in operation, Peru LNG is expected to generate roughly $800 million annually of hard currency export revenues. During the construction phase, 35,000 direct and indirect jobs will be generated. Financing for the project is expected to come from a variety of sources, including the Inter-American Development Bank, with which Peru LNG signed an $800 million mandate letter in July 2006. The EPC contract awarded to CB&I for the LNG plant and marine facilities, valued in excess of $1.5 billion, represents the largest single investment of the project. The entire project is expected to take four years to complete. CB&I is one of the world's leading EPC companies. The company recently constructed a LNG import facility in the Dominican Republic, hiring and training 90 percent of its workforce from the local population and completing the project without a single recordable injury or lost work day. Source: Hunt Oil Company

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