EDF’s unit Dunkerque LNG, the operator of France’s fourth LNG import facility, is working on boosting the terminal’s reloading capacity.
Dunkerque LNG will adapt its terminal to reload LNG cargoes at a maximum flow rate of 9,000-cbm per hour. This is more than double the current reloading flow rate of 4,000-cbm of LNG.
The new facility is expected to be ready in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“For the commissioning of this new facility, Dunkerque LNG anticipates the stop of send out and the unavailability of the jetty during all of September 2018,” the company said in a note.
The contract has been awarded to the Techint E&C and Sener joint venture – that built the LNG import facility located in the port of Dunkirk.
The works include replacing eight pumps, which are currently installed in two of the three LNG tanks, with bigger pumps, according to the JV. It will also be necessary to install an additional boil off gas (BOG) compressor in the existing building to handle larger amounts of BOG released during reloading.
The Dunkirk LNG terminal with a regasification capacity of 13 billion cubic meters per year started commercial operations on January 1.
The operator, Dunkerque LNG, is 65 percent owned by France’s EDF, 25 percent by Belgium’s Fluxys and 10 percent by French Total.
LNG World News Staff