Hill International selected as owner’s engineer for Cyprus LNG Import Terminal Project

WCN Editorial Team 3 Aug 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Hill International has been selected by the Natural Gas Infrastructure Company of Cyprus (ETYFA) to provide owner’s engineering services for the $336m Cyprus Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal Project.

The project will be built at Vasilikos Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus.

The main components of the project include converting a former LNG carrier with 136,000m³ of storage capacity into a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in China, building a jetty and jetty-borne gas pipeline, construction of an onshore gas pipeline and associated infrastructure.

After converting the LNG carrier into an FSRU, the vessel will be equipped with a regasification modular unit. The completed terminal will be capable of receiving LNG from LNG carries sized between 120,000 to 217,000m³.

ETYFA had selected a joint venture of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering, Metron, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, and Wilhelmsen Ship Management in an international tender for engineering, procurement, construction, management and operation aspects of the project.

As owner’s engineer, Hill International will oversee the project’s implementation by taking up design reviews and supervising work at the shipyard in China and the Vasilikos site in Cyprus.

Due to the technical and commercial requirements of the project, Hill has partnered with Bureau Veritas Maritime & Offshore Solutions and Tractebel and Gazocean to support the project.

Hill International Southern Europe vice president & managing director Manolis Sigalas said: “We are delighted and honored to support the Republic of Cyprus in delivering this critical infrastructure project. As this assignment requires multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of shipping, marine works, and gas infrastructure, we are excited to be leading such a distinguished team of global firms to support our client.

“We share Cyprus’ vision and objectives for the project and will work hard with all stakeholders involved for its successful delivery.”

The project is being supported by the European Union through a Connecting Europe Facility grant, along with loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and equity participation by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus.

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The project will be built at Vasilikos Bay on the southern coast of Cyprus. (Credit: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.)

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