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Gas deal goes west


A TEAM involving British firm Whessoe has missed out on a $500 million deal to build a huge gas complex in Mexico.

US utility giant Sempra Energy has awarded the deal for work at the Energia Costa Azul liquid natural gas terminal to a consortium including US firm Black & Veatch, Japanese outfit Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French contractor Vinci.

The work, near the town of Ensenada, on the west coast of Baja California, is expected to be completed by 2008, when the terminal will begin producing 1 billion cu ft of natural gas a day.The plant will provide energy across Mexico and the southern US.

Earlier this month Costain and jv partner China Harbour won a $170 million deal to build a new breakwater facility at the same project to ensure still water for docking tankers.