Bibby HydroMap begins work on LNG projectProjects and Operations // August 26, 2015
Bibby HydroMap has begun survey operations on the proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay in the UK.
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.
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 competitive offering to the UK gas market, and is expected be operational from the fourth quarter of 2018.