Nexans AmerCable has been awarded the topside platform power, control and instrumentation cable contracts for New Fortress Energy Inc’s (NFE) Fast LNG 1, 2 and 3. These offshore projects, designed and built by Fluor, are integrated modular mid-scale LNG gas treatment and liquefaction plants that operate on a fixed offshore platform. 

New Fortress plans to install its first two Fast LNG units in US Federal waters about 16 nm off Grand Isle, Louisiana. The two independent liquefaction trains at this deepwater “port” will each export about 1.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG. 

AmerCable will supply each project with its world-class GEXOL® 331-HF fire-resistant Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) cables. Fluor’s LNG liquefaction design pairs the latest advancements in modular, midsize liquefaction technology based on jack-up rigs or similar offshore infrastructure. Though small by onshore standards, the plant design offers many advantages, like low-cost and speed-to-market, critical factors at a time of high demand for LNG.  The platforms are currently under construction at Kiewit Shipyard in Texas.

“AmerCable was the first to offer LSHF cables in the Gulf of Mexico, so it’s appropriate we are providing the cable package for this innovative, first-of-its-kind project,” says Rudy Bright, AmerCable’s Technical Sales Director for Offshore Products. “We look forward to working with the Fluor team to help make this a highly successful project.”

The United States is the world’s largest natural gas producer, supplying approximately 30% of the country’s energy mix. Growth in the international market for natural gas has given rise to the use of natural gas in a liquefied form, or LNG. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state of approximately -260° F for shipping and storage. The volume of natural gas in its liquid state is about 600 times smaller than in its gaseous state, making it possible to transport at a lower cost to places pipelines do not reach. Natural gas is cleaner and more efficient than other traditional fuels and is a key part of the energy transition movement.

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