Engineering and consulting firm Arup has been selected by PT Australasia LNG Indonesia (AALNG) to assist in the development of a new 2.4 million tonne per annum MTPA liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Indonesia.

The new terminal is expected to bring greater energy security in the East Java region of the country.

Under the contract, Arup will be delivering Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the marine infrastructure and vessel conversion for the Probolinggo LNG terminal.

"We are seeing the rise of LNG globally, as it is increasingly recognised as a transitional fuel helping provide energy security with a lower carbon impact than other fossil fuels."

Arup will provide geotechnical, civil, naval architecture and mechanical engineering support to build the facility. It will also advise on the conversion of a LNG carrier into a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) which will be permanently moored offshore for the design life.

Arup, the London-based company, will also be consulted to develop the 2.5km jetty, unloading platform and associated berthing infrastructure which would be utilised to transport LNG to the onshore region.

Arup claims to have vast experience in LNG projects across the world, especially in the East Asia region.

This company has deployed an integrated project team from Hong Kong who will be responsible to carry out the maritime work stream. A specialist team in London has been asked to undertake the complex FSU conversion study.

Arup director and East Asia energy business leader Peter Thompson said: “We are seeing the rise of LNG globally, as it is increasingly recognised as a transitional fuel helping provide energy security with a lower carbon impact than other fossil fuels.

“LNG has the potential to help play an important part in Indonesia’s energy mix, bringing greater stability and security to the grid. We are proud to be working with PT Australasia LNG Indonesia to bring more capacity to the country.

“For Arup, it is a great opportunity for us to utilise the full breadth of our skills, having multi-disciplinary teams available in different time zones which allows us to work around the clock to deliver projects to tight schedules.”

The project is expected to reach the final investment decision stages shortly by progressing on the FEED study.

In the next stage of commission, tank testing would be carried out to address LNG sloshing.