UK calls in the French to construct new LNG storage tank for Europe’s largest regas terminal

Tuesday, 09 February 2021
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France's Entrepose Contracting, a unit of Vinci Construction Grands Projets and the UK’s Taylor Woodrow, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by the UK’s National Grid to build a liquefied natural gas storage tank to serve the import terminal for London.


The companies will construct a 190,000 cubic metres capacity LNG tank at the Isle of Grain import terminal southeast of London, located on the Thames-Medway river estuary.

All the companies involved in the LNG tank project are all Vinci Construction subsidiaries.

“This project is part of the programme to expand the capacity of the largest LNG terminal in Europe, located on the Isle of Grain, on the East Coast of England, 60km from London,” said Vinci.

Vinci said that the full containment tank will have a 9 percent nickel steel inner tank with a pre-stressed concrete outer shell, poured in-situ using slip-forming.

The works, for a budget of €200 million ($243M), are set to continue until June 2025.

Analysts note that LNG supplies to the Isle of Grain terminal are key to London's energy security as one shipment of LNG from a nation like Qatar can maintain the capital's power capabilities for at least five days. Vinci has already built about 20 LNG storage tanks worldwide over the past 15 years, including three which are still under construction, two in Russia with 160,000 cubic metres capacity each and one in Canada with 225,000 cubic metres capacity.

“The Group is recognised for its capacity to meet the expectations of major players in the sector and confirms its leading position in the design-build of large-scale cryogenic storage tanks in any type of environment,” said Vinci.

The UK regasification facility currently has 1 million cubic metres of LNG storage spread across eight tanks and an annual throughput capacity of 20 billion cubic metres of natural gas.

With the terminal expanding its facilities with an additional tank and associated vaporizer capacity, its future annual throughput will increase to 25 Bcm of natural gas, or 18.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG.

Qatar Petroleum announced in October 2020 that it had arranged storage and redelivery capacity for 25 years at Grain LNG.

The deal was signed between the UK gas network operator National Grid and Qatar Petroleum’s Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL) unit after the conclusion of an open season process.

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