Earlier this month, Hunt Oil awarded a $8.5 million front end engineering design (FEED) study to Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root for the Peruvian LNG liquefaction facility and marine terminal.
Fugro said that a prime focus of its study is wave climate. Local currents and waves may effect the accretion and erosion of sediments, while long-period swells arriving on the Peruvian coast may effect LNG vessel operations, especially as the narrow continental shelf does little to reduce the energy of waves coming in from the Pacific.
The Fugro GEOS study will enable the terminal to be designed to minimize these effects, the company said. To gain a greater understanding of the local wave climate, Fugro GEOS will analyze existing and hindcast data, data from numerical modelling of the nearshore wave climate and observations made as part of the study. The data collection program begins with an onshore meteorological station. Then, nearshore, Fugros GEOES will deploy tide, wave, temperature, salinity and current recorders. Further offshore in the deep water at the edge of the narrow continental shelf is a Waverider buoy, data from which contributes to the "tuning" of a shoaling/refraction model of the area, Fugro explained further.
Previous Fugo GEOS projects that have produced design and operating criteria for coastal LNG facilities have been in Oman, Yemen, Sakhalin, India, Indonesia and Mexico.
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