Bibby HydroMap begins work on LNG project for Port Meridian Energy

Posted 24 August 2015

Bibby HydroMap have begun survey operations on the proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay.

The complex programme of work comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be tackled using a multi-vessel approach. Bibby HydroMap’s own vessels Chartwell and Eagle will perform the geophysical and environmental scope, 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.

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

Located in Morecambe Bay, offshore Barrow-in-Furness, the Port Meridian deepwater port is designed to accommodate Höegh LNG’s floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) to convert liquefied natural gas (LNG) into a gaseous state suitable for transportation to shore via a conventional subsea pipeline. Prospective capacity holders have the ability to offload standard vessels via ship-to-ship transfer (STS) offloading, allowing standard LNG vessels to be utilised in the transport chain. This, in combination with the location, creates a uniquely competitive offering to the UK gas market, and is expected be operational from Q4 2018.

Port Meridian Project Manager Nigel Kirk comments  “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

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