Fluxys LNG has awarded a deal to a consortium comprising DF Oil & Gas and Felguera IHI to carry out extension works on the Zeebrugge LNG terminal off the coast of Belgium.

The turnkey contract covers the construction of a fifth LNG storage tank with additional process installations for an amount of more than €200m.

This new full containment, semi-buried LNG storage tank will be one of the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 95m in diameter and 45.5m in height, and will have a capacity of 180,000m³.

The latest LNG tank will complement the three 80,000m³ tanks that were built in 1986, as well as the 140,000m³ tank that was commissioned in 2008.

FOAMGLAS® high-load bearing cellular glass insulation

All these LNG storage tanks at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal have one thing in common: they all sit on Pittsburgh Corning’s FOAMGLAS insulation.

FOAMGLAS cellular glass insulation is a lightweight, rigid material composed of millions of completely sealed glass cells manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning.

It is 100% incombustible, impermeable to any kind of moisture and offers superior insulating properties with a stable and a non-deteriorating insulation efficiency, which ensures a constant thermal performance that remains unchanged over time.

The FOAMGLAS insulation High Load Bearing range has been specially designed for high-load bearing industrial applications, and has been renowned worldwide as the benchmark for tank base insulation.

Its unique combination of low thermal conductivity and high compressive strengths, which run all the way up to 240t per square metre, makes it the ideal product for a wide range of tank base construction applications.

Pittsburgh Corning supplied FOAMGLAS HLB insulation for each of the initial three LNG storage tanks during the construction in 1986.

After 20 years of impeccable performance, Fluxys LNG again called upon the expertise of Pittsburgh Corning when they decided to add another 140,000m³ LNG storage tank in 2006.

More than 2,800m³ of FOAMGLAS HLB insulation was been delivered for use in the fourth tank base. When they decided to build a fifth storage tank, the choice of insulation material was fairly obvious and FOAMGLAS insulation was, once again, the tank base insulation material that would be used.

Pittsburgh Corning delivered 3,800m³ of FOAMGLAS HLB insulation blocks in thickness 175mm in grades HLB 800 (80t/m²), HLB 1600 (160t/m²) and HLB 2400 (240t/m²), which will be installed in a multiple layer system onto the tank base.

The insulation works are scheduled to be finished before the second half of the year, with everything on track for the new tank to be commissioned in 2018.

Driving force for extension project

The new installations are part of the investments required to offer transshipment services for which Fluxys LNG signed a long-term agreement with Yamal LNG in 2015.

From 2018 onwards, Fluxys LNG will offer LNG transshipment services at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal for Yamal LNG, which is currently building an LNG production facility in north-east Siberia (with four 160,000m³ LNG storage tanks that also sit on FOAMGLAS HLB insulation).

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