McDermott International, the leading LNG and energy project engineering company, has decided to invest in Lummus Technology Holdings, the company it sold as part of its restructuring to help emerge from financial difficulties over the last several years.
Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement for the sale of Lummus Technology, entered into with a joint partnership between Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., a flagship company of The Chatterjee Group, and Rhône Capital, in January 2020, McDermott was provided the option to purchase a minority common equity ownership interest.
The Houston, Texas-based company said it had now exercised this option.
Lummus is a leading licensor of proprietary petrochemical, refining, gasification and gas processing technologies, and a supplier of catalysts, other equipment and related engineering services.
It became part of McDermott after the ill-timed takeover of CB&I, which itself had acquired Lummus for $950 million in 2007 from Swiss-Swedish power and automation company ABB.
“This agreement not only reinforces our already-robust and active relationship, but also reflects our support of, and belief in the Lummus long-term strategic plan,” said David Dickson, President and Chief Executive of McDermott.
“Together, we will continue to combine McDermott's iEPC delivery with Lummus's innovative technology solutions to our customers across the globe,” added Dickson.
The sale of Lummus was part of McDermott's comprehensive restructuring process, which McDermott successfully completed on June 30 in 2020 to help it emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Since the sale, McDermott and Lummus have continued to work together through their strategic agreement to connect customers to technology solutions.
McDermott is involved in some of the world’s leading LNG construction projects, including on the US Gulf Coast and the North Field Expansion in Qatar.
McDermott has additionally been engaged as a contractor on the Golden Pass LNG export project for Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil.
Qatar Petroleum announced in January 2021 that its North Field South (NFS) project front-end engineering and design contract had been awarded to McDermott.
McDermott has executed projects in Qatar's North Field for more than 30 years and said it would leverage its experience and resources for this contract.
The contract scope includes the replication of five offshore wellhead platforms.
The FEED contract will be executed from McDermott's office in the Qatari capital Doha and work would begin immediately.
Qatar’s LNG expansion involves production increasing from the current 77 million tonnes per annum to 110 MTPA and then to 126 MTPA by 2027.
Qatar has already started developing its drilling campaign for the Arab Gulf feed-gas from the North Field that will underpin the liquefaction needs at the Ras Laffan plant in Qatar.