The Dunkirk regasification plant in France has received its first LNG carrier, signalling the start of the facility’s commissioning phase. Commercial operations will commence in mid-September 2016.
The turnkey contract for the construction of the terminal’s processing plant was signed between TS LNG and Dunkerque LNG in 2011. TS LNG is a consortium consisting of Techint Engineering & Construction and SENER engineering and technology group, whilst Dunkerque LNG is a subsidiary of EDF. In order to ensure that the construction was completed, TS LNG coordinated with consortia in charge of the LNG tanks and the tunnel that will collect the seawater that will be used during the vaporisation process.
The Managing Director of Techint E&C EMEA Region, Pablo Videla, said: “We are very satisfied to have completed such an important and strategic project for the entire gas market in Europe. It represents the consolidation of Techint’s leadership in the regasification terminals: Dunkirk, Gate in the Netherland, Polskie LNG in Poland, Costa Azul in Mexico. Our aim from day one was to make Dunkirk terminal a point of reference in the sector thanks to the use of state-of-the-art technical solutions to ensure plant safety and to protect the environment. We have also won the most important challenge, that of guaranteeing very high safety standards for all the personnel working on site.”
Borja Zárraga, the Director of SENER’s Power, Oil & Gas Strategic Business Unit, said: “We are proud of our contribution in Dunkirk, one of the safest, most efficient and most reliable terminals in the world. Its entry into commercial operations will be a milestone to add to SENER’s successful portfolio of turnkey engineering and construction projects for LNG regasification and storage terminals, a sector in which the company began working in 2003. As of today, we have developed eight such plants with turnkey contracts, most notably the BBG in Spain and the Gate terminal in the Netherlands, all of which include a major deployment of technology and homegrown solutions.”
The regasification facility features three storage tanks, each with a capacity of 190 000 m3. It has an average natural gas production capacity of 13 billion m3/yr, with a maximum flow volume of 1.9 million m3/hr. The facility also includes a berthing dock, unloading arms and pipes, regasification and gas emission systems, a flare stack, a boil-off gas (BOG) recovery system, a seawater pump for vaporisation, auxiliary systems, and a number of different buildings from which to control operations.
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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