Bibby to help improve UK LNG network

'Chartwell' will carry out geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying 'Chartwell' will carry out geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying
Industry Database

Bibby HydroMap is carrying out survey operations on Port Meridian Energy’s proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay to help improve the UK's LNG network.

Bibby’s vessels Chartwell and Eagle will carry out geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipelines route to shore, acquiring multibeam bathymetry, side scan sonar data, sub-bottom profiler and magnetometer data, alongside benthic grab samples and visual inspection. For the geotechnical aspect of the work, Bibby HydroMap will perform vibrocores to 5m and CPTs to 5m and 20m.

“Working to improve the UK LNG network on this interesting and complex project is something that we are delighted to be a part of,” said Daniel Jenkins, project manager, Bibby HydroMap.

Located in Morecambe Bay, offshore Barrow-in-Furness, Port Meridian Energy is developing an LNG receiving and offloading facility designed to accommodate Höegh LNG’s FSRU (floating storage and regasification unit) vessels. Conventional LNG transportation vessels will offload LNG to the FSRU via ship-to-ship transfer, with the FSRU converting LNG into a gaseous state suitable for transportation to shore via a subsea pipeline.

Transfer to shore comprises of a 26-inch diameter high pressure gas pipeline, starting at the FSRU location approximately 43½ km’s southwest of Barrow and landfalling on the western beach of Walney Island. From the landfall, the pipeline traverses approximately 5.5km through agricultural fields and crosses Walney Channel to the mainland to the site of the proposed Above Ground Installation where the gas will connect into the existing National Transmission System.

“PMEL have contracted Bibby HydroMap because they offered a comprehensive onshore and offshore survey package, with established onshore subcontractors and dedicated offshore and nearshore vessels,” added Nigel Kirk, construction manager, Port Meridian.

By Rachael Doyle 

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