At Royal HaskoningDHV, we have developed core expertise in engineering the maritime features unique to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals. This builds on our extensive knowledge of maritime engineering for other types of terminals and utilises our experience of risk identification studies, environmental and social impact assessments, as well as health and safety requirements.
LNG terminals often comprise special tanks, ships and even buildings in port infrastructure and operations. Royal HaskoningDHV has extensive experience of all marine works associated with the design of such port facilities, which may be used exclusively to export and import LNG or form part of larger port complexes.
We have been responsible for assisting in the planning, design or construction supervision of more than 50 LNG terminals, and many more that have not yet reached construction/operation stage, since 1999.
We understand that LNG terminal projects are subject to many unique differences compared to projects in other sectors. These include the:
- overriding guiding principle of Safety First, in design and during operations
- importance of minimising delays, due to the large investments and operating cost involved
- important role that Standards and Quality Assurance / Quality Control play in light of Classification Society and LNG Industry requirements
- influence of capital costs of different elements (e.g. maritime civil engineering, process, landside infrastructure)fundamental necessity of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) issues in all aspects and phases of the project and
- accountability and traceability through Project Administration and Document Control.
These differences also apply to “small scale LNG” – an area in which the market is showing increasing interest. LNG is now used more frequently as fuel for ships and is also more often transported in smaller cargo ships and to smaller import/receiving facilities. Parcel size can now be as small as the volume of an ISO container filled with LNG.
As these LNG containers can be shipped on normal container ships, our container terminal expertise is very valuable in developing facilities in which operations meet the specific requirements for the handling of dangerous cargoes and specifically LNG.
At Royal HaskoningDHV, we can help you assess options and possibilities for the whole LNG transport and value chain, from large to small-scale LNG projects. Where LNG bunkering and its facilities are involved, we can also make use of our Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) membership as well as the expertise and connections this provides.
Our expertise includes:
- Container Terminals
- Cruise Terminals
- Dry Bulk Terminals
- Dry Ports and Logistics Facilities
- Inland Waterways Transport (IWT)
- Intakes, Outfalls and Marine Pipelines
- Liquid Bulk and Chemicals Terminals
- Marinas and Waterfront Development
- Mixed Use Ports
- Naval & Defence Facilities
- Offshore Marine Supply Bases
- Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) and Ferry Terminals