Marine terminal scoping and redesign at Nghi Son Refinery

With capacity for 10 million tonnes of crude oil per year, the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Complex (NSRPC) is the largest refinery in Vietnam.
Marine terminal scoping and redesign at nghi son refinery

Results

The revised design has significantly reduced maintenance costs and led to a greater return on our client’s investment. 
The refinery is now the largest in Vietnam, contributing to the country’s economic and social development. 
The revised design has significantly reduced maintenance costs and led to a greater return on our client’s investment. 
The refinery is now the largest in Vietnam, contributing to the country’s economic and social development. 

This is one of the country’s most important economic projects, viewed by the Vietnam government as strategically important to meeting the demands of industrialization and modernisation.

With the development driven by a multinational venture, Royal HaskoningDHV was contracted by Amec Fosterto help redesign aspects of the new refinery, including petrochemical, storage, and marine import-export facilities, such as:

  • An offshore single point mooring
  • An oil transport pipeline and manifold
  • Multiple jettiesand berths for liquid and solid products and tugs
  • A berth entrance and channel basin
  • A breakwater and embankment
  • A seawater intake and outfall structures

The initial design for crude product imports involved using a SPM-located VLCC berth connected by a 12km shallow water pipeline to the shore. We performed a value engineering exercise of the marine design to understand how it could be optimised. The results of the exercise included proposing some important changes, such as:

  • Relocating the harbour basin –balancing increased construction costs against reduced need for dredging
  • Increasing the subsea pipeline length from 12km to 35km

With the project playing a significant role in Vietnam’s development, the value engineering and design services we delivered have been highly commended by our client as the new layout helped to save the considerable cost of dredging, including both capital dredging and annual maintenance dredging across the entire life cycle of the project.

Before the original design was realised, we were able to propose and develop solutions that led to a more cost-effective marine layout. This means that during the project’s design lifetime, maintenance costs have been reduced and a greater return on investment achieved.

Royal HaskoningDHV helped the project team understand that the concept design had significant drawbacks, and consequently proposed and developed a solution which ultimately serves the client and refinery much better.

Mark PeaurtProject Manager, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd

Project facts

  • Client
    Foster Wheeler
  • Location
    Nghi Son, Vietnam
  • Challenge
    Redesigning aspects of a refinery’s marine infrastructure to save costs
  • Solution
    Value engineering revealed a more cost-effective marine infrastructure layout with greater long term return on investment
  • Period
    2008 - 2015
Briain O'Dowd - Director of energy and fuels

BriainO'Dowd

Director of energy and fuels