The Gassco Emden Project - Extensive revamp of vital onshore gas receiving terminal

Norsea Gas Terminal in Emden, Germany

Norsea Gas Terminal in Emden, Germany

After more than 30 years of operation, the Norsea Gas Terminal in Emden, Germany, needed to be refurbished to maintain safe and reliable gas transportation. The major scope of work included new receiving-, gas heating-, utilities- and process facilities. Ramboll carried out the FEED study proposing the technical solution.

Securing energy supply

The Norsea Gas Terminal is operated by Gassco, the integrated gas transport system operator from the Norwegian continental shelf to continental Europe and the UK. This integrated network comprises pipelines, processing plants, and receiving terminals in five countries. The Europipe Receiving Facility in Dornum and the Norsea Gas Terminal outside the North German port of Emden receive gas from the Europipe/Europipe II and Norpipe lines. The Gassco Emden Project was strategically important to the client, ensuring the lifetime of the Norsea Gas Terminal and the security of supplies in the long term.

Landmark onshore project for Ramboll

The entire work process for the FEED entailed app. 75,000 man-hours and a total value of nearly 60 million DKK. At peak times the project was employing some 100 people in total, making it one of the largest projects undertaken by Ramboll within this specific area. Ramboll handled overall project management as well as all process, technical safety, 3D survey, and piping/mechanical engineering.

Ramboll ensured the provision of excellent services across other disciplines by teaming up with three sub-contractors on this project. The Danish firm Balslev offered support within EI&T (electrical, instrumentation, and telecommunication), the German firm Ingenieurgesellschaft Nordwest ensured that civil and structural engineering followed German regulations, and another German company TWP supported the revision of German permits in relation to the construction and operation of the facilities.

EPC contract as final outcome

The FEED study ran until June 2012, and will eventually be implemented through an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract.