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Dunkerque LNG tanks enter test phase

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Dunkerque LNG has announced that construction work is now complete on the three storage tanks at its LNG terminal.

The company is now initiating a series of tests on the LNG storage tanks to ensure that the components, equipment and accessories react correctly to demands that will be placed upon them during their operation.

Jean Caparros, Project Manager for Entrepose Projets, said: "We have moved to the test phase […] We check that the various constituent parts and all of the associated equipment and accessories react correctly to the various demands to be made of them during their operation, in coordination with TS LNG, which is responsible for the jetty and the ‘process’ zone to which the [tanks] are connected. This involves the simulation of breakdowns or incidents. We check, for example, that the alarms and signals work correctly in the control room and on the reservoirs, before the zone is made safe. We must also check that the valves are correctly sealed, that the piping which will transport the LNG has been bled of its oxygen and that it has been correctly dried. This is extremely important in order to prevent the steam from turning into ice and damaging the piping. About 20 people currently work on the tests, over 90% of which have been completed. Everything has to be tested and approved so that the three vats can receive LNG when the first methane tanker arrives.”

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