Gate terminal, a SENER project, finalist for Project Excellence Awards

19/09/2012 (Spain)
Gate terminal, a SENER project, finalist for Project Excellence Awards

The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification plant Gate terminal, located at Maasvlakte (Rotterdam), has been named as finalist in the Project Excellence Awards awarded each year by IPMA (International Project Management Association). The final awards will be granted on an official gala dinner to be held in the town of Crete (Greece) on October 30 and framed in the 26th IPMA World Congress. Gate terminal has been nominated in the category of Big Sized project.

Along with Gate terminal have been nominated for these prestigious awards in the category of Big Sized project the works on Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the facilities of Jambi Merang for the development and production of gas in Indonesia.

Gate terminal is a project carried out by SENER as part as the TS LNG joint venture, in charge of managing the engineering, procurement, construction and start-up of the plant. TS LNG delivered the plant to the client as planned, complying successfully with the EPC contract. Since this project began, in June 2008, until the end of the EPC works, in September 1st 2011, special attention has been paid to safety, protecting the environment, operational availability and versatility. It is worth mentioning that this construction phase has been completed with one of the highest levels of safety ever recorded for works implemented in Rotterdam’s Europort, boasting more than 2,500,000 work hours without accidents, currently at Low Level A.

As part of the construction joint venture, composed of four companies, SENER has taken part in the project management, the procurement and the construction works. Also, SENER has been responsible for managing the plant’s implementation, the commissioning and the start-up, as well as for engineering activities. The success of this Project has confirmed TS LNG (joint venture between Techint and SENER) position as a company specializing in EPC contracts in the natural gas sector.

Gate terminal is one of the biggest LNG terminals in Europe. It has an initial throughput capacity of 12 billion m3/year (billion cubic metres) and three 180,000-m3 storage tanks. The terminal has two jetties able to unload simultaneously two boats of the Q-Max type (the world biggest LNG boats). The high-scale Gate terminal is in fact able to fulfill the needs of Natural Gas of the whole population in Holland and part of Europe. The total project cost is estimated at EUR 800 million.

It is worth mentioning that this year Gate terminal has been also named 'Liquefied Natural Gas Project of the Year' by the European Gas Conference Awards, granted by the organization of this international event and by the prestigious magazine Natural Gas Europe, and has also won the award for 'Best Project of the Year' awarded by the European Construction Institute (ECI).

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