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Arup to advise on industry first LNG modular tank design

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Arup has announced that it has been selected by Commonwealth LNG to provide specialist engineering services for the development of industry first LNG modular storage tanks.

According to the statement, Commonwealth LNG is planning to build and operate its proposed liquefaction and export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, US. The facility has a total liquefaction capacity of 8.4 million tpy and a total LNG storage volume of 240 000 m3. It is scheduled to commence LNG exports in 2024.

Arup claims that the innovative design of the original tank, which is an original concept by Arup, enables the tank to be constructed offsite at a dedicated fabrication yard in parallel with foundation construction onsite. The company argues that this approach allows onsite labour to be reduced, and completion time to be decreased by up to a year.

According to the statement, Arup is supporting Commonwealth LNG in its aim to obtain final approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by providing structural, mechanical and naval architecture engineering services in relation to the design of the modular storage tanks to be used at the facility. Once approved, Arup claims that construction is expected to begin in 2021.

Brian Raine, Arup Energy Structures Leader, said: “This is a great step for the LNG industry and could lead the way for new mid-scale storage options. The innovative design brings great benefits and we look forward to working with Commonwealth throughout the project to make those benefits a reality.”

Rob Powers, Senior Vice President, EPC – Commonwealth LNG, added: “We’re very pleased to have Arup on our team. Their broad experience, depth of resources, technical creativity and responsiveness to our requests have made them valued partners on our LNG project.”

Once the terminal has been completed, it will liquefy, store and deliver LNG for export to global markets using modular tank storage.

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