LNG terminal project ahead of schedule

LNG facilility is said to be on course to be ready for operational start up by the second quarter of 2013.



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Updated on 24 Sep 2012 08:11 GMT

Singapore LNG Corporation's (SLNG) project to build the country's first LNG terminal on Jurong Island is said to be proceeding ahead of schedule.

In a recent update on the construction project, SLNG said that the terminal facility was almost 92 percent completed and that there has been steady progress on LNG Tanks 1 & 2, where hydrotesting has already started.

Equipment installation and piping erection is well advanced and cable pulling is ongoing. The sea water intake concrete structure is completed and removal of the coffer dam is underway to allow mechanical works to start, SLNG said.

Progress on the third LNG tank [pictured] continues ahead of schedule and Secondary Berth piling works for both jetties and quay wall are said to be progressing well.

The Singapore LNG Terminal project has exceeded 7.5 million man hours safely worked on the overall project without any lost time injury since the start of the project in February 2010.

SLNG said it is well placed to complete the LNG Terminal, ready for operational start up by the second quarter of 2013.

About the Secondary Berth Project

The Secondary Berth Project, covering approximately 10 hectares of reclaimed land adjacent to the LNG Terminal site, forms part of the S$1.7 billion overall Singapore LNG Terminal project cost and comprises:

(1) a secondary jetty designed to berth LNG ships with a cargo capacity ranging from 60,000 to 265,000 cubic metres (m3), and

(2) a tertiary jetty marine sub-structure designed for the future berthing of smaller LNG ships and barges with cargo capacity ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 m3.

These two new jetties are in addition to the primary jetty (cargo capacity of 120,000 to 265,000 m3), which is being constructed by Samsung C&T Corporation (Samsung) as part of the LNG Terminal EPC contract.

The secondary jetty has space provision for the future installation of loading arms and associated piping for the unloading of refrigerated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) ships with cargo capacity range of 60,000 to 80,000 m3. This will facilitate the future import of LPG (a substitute of naptha) as a feedstock for Singapore’s four ethylene crackers, when the market requires it.

The secondary jetty will allow for the development of an LNG break bulk business i.e the unloading of LNG from larger ships for later reloading onto smaller ships able to access markets where port facilities cannot handle larger LNG ships; and also allows for the reloading of smaller LNG vessels to facilitate prospective future regional LNG redistribution, and potentially future LNG bunkering opportunities. According to SLNG, these are options that, if not allowed for now, would be extremely difficult to retrofit in the future.

Image: Third LNG tank at SLNG's terminal on Jurong Island.