Safety

Safety will come first in every phase of every process at an LNG terminal. Safety can be guaranteed because the LNG industry began to develop standard codes, equipment and designs back in the early 1970s and has earned an excellent safety reputation over the years.

Gate terminal recognizes the overriding importance of the environment and safety. Both initiators conduct strict policies on the environment, health and safety. The terminal’s policy will aim to emit “no harmful emissions”. Throughout the world, natural gas and LNG are seen as an energy source with a favourable environmental impact. The safety track record of these products is also impressive.

The LNG carriers will be berthed at Gate terminal in a separate canal. This ‘Kleine beer-canal’ will not be accessible to heavier and larger vessels. A small island is created as a natural barrier between Gate terminal and the unloading route. Vessels with a deep draught will be grounded because the harbour will be just 14 metres deep. The carriers will be guided by highly trained pilots and tugs. The Port of Rotterdam Authority accordingly thinks the risk of collision is acceptably low. The pipes that carry the LNG to the tanks will be permanently cooled. Once a carrier is safely moored, communications will open between ship and shore. When the all-clear is given, the unloading arms will be connected. A checklist will be run through and then the arms will be cooled so that the LNG can be discharged. Should anything unexpected happen, a significant number of security measures have been built in, such as automatic stops on the pumps and valves, and the arms are programmed to break loose and dry (without releasing any LNG) if they are in danger of being overextended. Detailed checks are made in advance, this is a worldwide standard procedure for all LNG terminals.