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SENER awarded new contract by Gate terminal

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The Gate terminal regasification plant, located in Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has contracted the services of turnkey construction company SENER to provide the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services needed for maintenance and improvement activities, scheduled for next year. SENER was previously responsible for the terminal’s turnkey construction in 2011.

Under this new contract, SENER will optimise the plant’s design to achieve more efficient operation and maintenance. These modifications will improve processes and optimise times, as well as ensure the plant's uninterrupted operation over the next decade.

SENER's Project Manager, Antonio Parra, said: “This contract is a demonstration of Gate terminal's confidence in SENER's solid practices, as a company that played a key role in its successful construction.

“After 10 years of collecting operational data, we are going to make adjustments to the plant's configuration with a minimum impact on the service, which will improve its operating and maintenance processes for the next decade. We are proud to have been selected by Gate terminal for this work.”

Gate terminal is a Joint Venture between N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie) and Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (Vopak). When operations began in 2011, it had three 180 000 m3 storage tanks and two jetties capable of simultaneously unloading two Q-Max LNG vessels. With exports totalling 12 billion m3/y, the terminal is able to meet one-third of the country's natural gas consumption. Today, it has a third jetty and three loading docks for trucks.

SENER was part of the Techin-SENER-Entreprose-Vinciconsortium (TSEV), the main contractor for the plant, which was responsible for the turnkey construction of the Gate terminal project, completed in 2011. SENER, together with Techint, was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and commissioning of the plant. Specifically, SENER was tasked with managing the plant’s implementation, the commissioning and the start-up, as well as engineering activities. From the start of construction, special attention was paid to safety, protecting the environment, operational availability and versatility.

The Gate terminal plant has won several awards, including the ‘Best Project of the Year’ award, presented in 2012 by the European Construction Institute (ECI), and the ‘Liquefied Natural Gas Project of the Year’, which it received in January 2012 at the European Gas Conference Awards.

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