Pre-investment/planning and feasibility
Site location – assessment and selection
The economic, transport, environmental and social implications associated with LNG terminals mean that the choice of site is crucial. BMT’s experts in geo-technics, marine accessibility, transport planning, concept design and marine environmental conditions thoroughly research and consider all the options to identify the most suitable location.
We take into account the specific risks associated with loading and unloading LNG tankers and siting regasification terminals in populated areas. Our feasibility studies also include environmental impact assessments and the influence of prevailing metocean and geotechnical conditions on the design of jetties and breakwaters.
Marine facilities and master planning
BMT prepares long, medium and short-term plans for LNG terminals and bunkering facilities. Our master plans and detailed project reports encompass all aspects of the development and their phasing – including loading jetties, berthing and downtime assessments, dredging works, cost estimates and investment plans. Our specialists prepare conceptual and preliminary front end engineering designs (FEED) that are robust and flexible enough to ensure that the next stages of the project proceed smoothly.
Because we provide an overall project management service, from initial feasibility until the terminal becomes operational, our customers do not need to appoint multiple consultants.
Market and economic assessment
One of the challenges facing the LNG sector is transporting gas from fields in remote areas, with little or no infrastructure, to liquefaction terminals and then onward to the market.
BMT provides financial and economic assessments for LNG investors. Our technical and commercial expertise extends to reviewing traffic flows and planning the optimum routes, a competitive analysis of other terminals in the region, feasibility studies and acting as the owners engineering consultant during procurement.
Navigation and marine transport feasibility report
The position and layout of terminal offloading jetties and breakwaters is determined by both the environmental conditions and vessel manoeuvrability. BMT uses its real-time ship handling and manoeuvring simulator REMBRANDT to evaluate terminal layouts.
This system has been continuously refined over the last 25 years and has been used by a wide range of ship and terminal designers and operators. It is also widely used by pilots. This system has a wide range of high fidelity ship models which can interact with varied environmental conditions and tugs to produce realistic vessel behaviour within the planned layout of the berth.
BMT also carries out sediment transport studies to identify dredging requirements and support breakwater design. In addition, we provide impartial and expert advice for planning approvals and for mitigating risks cost-effectively.
For general enquiries relating to Pre-investment/planning and feasibility, please contact Louise Ledgard
Director of Business Development - Energy
BMT Group Ltd