RINA Group widens gas sector services
International classification, certification and
engineering group RINA has widened its services to the global gas industry.
While its traditional classification society arm RINA Services has recently
approved a new Compressed Natural Gas carrier to aid the exploitation of
marginal fields, the groups’ engineering arm, D’Appolonia, is delivering
geotechnical, social and environmental services to the Mozambique LNG
The gas market and technology are constantly changing,
and RINA Services and D’Appolonia lead those changes. The first offshore FSRU,
the first FLNG project, the first marine CNG ship and the longest offshore
pipeline were all delivered with RINA expertise and assistance.
D’Appolonia has completed a major near shore site
investigation for ENI’s Mozambique LNG project. The survey included
environmental, geophysical and geotechnical teams, utilizing two jack up
platforms, three survey spreads, a mobile field laboratory and over fifty site
personnel. Data will be used for design of the marine facilities of the
terminal and the landfall for the gas pipeline arriving from the offshore
wells. The terminal will consist of gas receiving and processing, liquefaction
facilities, cryogenic storage tanks and loadout facilities to export the
liquefied gas via tankers.
D’Appolonia is also acting as the Independent
Environmental and Social Consultant foreseeing the development of offshore
production facilities, subsea gas pipelines, and onshore LNG processing
facilities. D’Appolonia’s Lenders Engineering division is currently undertaking
the Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) for the Mozambique LNG
Project, which is a first of its kind LNG facility on the east coast of Africa.
Approval in Principle for CNG Carrier
RINA Services has approved in principle the Fincantieri Offshore CNG32000 ship design
which is aimed at delivering a cost-effective solution for monetizing marginal
gas fields using Compressed Natural Gas technology. The vessel has a
double-hull and a cutting-edge system of racks that are separately demountable
for in-depth and safer maintenance.
RINA Services has developed rules to cover the safety
issues related to CNG transportation, with the aid of Approval in Principle and
Technology Qualification certifications to cover the most important aspects
relevant to the fitness for service.
Transporting natural gas under pressure as CNG instead
of liquefying it offers advantages of simplicity and much lower cost and so
makes viable alternative means of exploiting isolated or marginal gas fields
which will not support a full infrastructure.
The CNG32000 design features a CNG cargo handling
system and a CNG storage system. This entails 500 racks of metallic vessels at
166 bar and 25°C, each rack accommodating twelve pressure vessels of about 5.35
cu m arranged in ten cargo holds giving an overall transport volume
of 32,000 cu m (1.13 MMscf).
The design follows the recently issued RINA Rules for
the Classification of CNG Carriers and IGF Code, and is supported by extensive
risk assessment studies on the ship safety, safe operations and environmental
protection, including collision studies, which are being carried out in the
expected areas where the CNG32000 will trade.
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the areas of the environment, oil and gas, infrastructure and transport,
electronics and telecommunications. D’Appolonia is part of the RINA Group, a
leading international classification, verification and certification provider.
RINA Services is the
RINA group company which delivers ship classification, and testing, inspection
and certification services. www.rina.org
RINA is a multi-national
group which delivers verification, certification, conformity assessment, marine
classification, environmental enhancement, product testing, site and vendor
supervision, training and engineering consultancy across a wide range of
industries and services. RINA operates through a network of companies covering
Marine, Energy, Infrastructures & Construction, Transport & Logistics,
Food & Agriculture, Environment & Sustainability, Finance & Public
Institutions and Business Governance. With a turnover of over 330 million Euros
in 2014, over 2,750 employees, and 163 offices in 60 countries worldwide, RINA
is recognized as an authoritative member of key international organizations and
an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards. www.rinagroup.org
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