An engineering firm and a firm monitoring meteorological and oceanographic conditions have been awarded a joint contract in preliminary work for Greece's planned Alexandroupolis FSRU.
Greek utility company Gastrade, which manages the Alexandroupolis FSRU development project awarded the contract to international engineering and design firm BMT and the South Africa and Australia-based meteorological and oceanographic services company Metocean Services International (MSI).
According to a statement, BMT is tasked to deliver a preliminary study on sea states and hydrodynamic conditions and will use its software to create 2D/3D modelling to simulate sediment transport and water quality processes. The modelling will be used to support Alexandroupolis FSRU's engineering design phase.
MSI will provide a site-specific measurement programme to record meteorological and oceanographic parameters for the project including waves, currents, water levels and temperatures offshore, as well as meteorological parameters onshore. The observational recording will be undertaken for 12 months.
BMT’s Metocean group manager Robin Stephens said “We have worked closely with Gastrade’s engineers to formulate a programme of work that will produce high integrity metocean criteria to support the design of the terminal’s facilities. This will ensure that the design is fit for purpose, but not overly conservative."
The Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) project comprises an offshore FSRU and several kilometres of subsea and onshore gas transmission pipelines.
In addition to connecting into the Greek energy system, the Alexandroupolis project can connect with and transmit gas into other gas transmission systems which are planned in the same geographical region such as TAP (the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline).
The FSRU will be permanently anchored 17.6 km from the port of Alexandroupolis and is one of a number of FSRU units that are in the planning stages.