TGE to kick off Avonmouth LNG to LPG conversion work

Germany-based TGE Gas Engineering is preparing to start conversion work on the Avonmouth LNG facility into an LPG terminal after it secured a contract from Flogas Britain last year.

The engineering firm says it has already started groundwork at the site in Avonmouth, Bristol in December while construction will begin in March this year.

Following completion of the works, TGE, a unit of China’s CIMC, plans to deliver the facility in summer 2022.

To remind, National Grid closed the LNG storage facility back in April 2016 as it was approaching the end of its technical life.

UK’s Flogas now aims to convert the facility into the nation’s largest LPG storage terminal, with the capacity to store 34,564 tonnes of the fuel.

In addition, the site will be “bio-ready” from the outset, capable of storing bio-LPG, a chemically-identical, renewable alternative to LPG, according to Flogas.

The project has a price tag of about 40 million pounds ($54.6 million).

Furthermore, Flogas revealed plans in November last year to build a pipeline connecting to the Avonmouth storage facility.

Starting at Bristol port, the pipeline will largely follow existing routes through predominantly industrial areas to the facility.

Running underground for most of its course, the twin-pipeline would boost the availability of LPG, enabling up to 20,000 tonnes of commodity to be discharged from a ship in 24 hours, Flogas said.

The LPG supplier aims to complete the pipeline by 2024.

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