Chinese energy firm Beijing Gas Group (BGG) has signed a cooperation agreement with France’s GTT to build six additional 220,000 m3 LNG tanks at its Tianjin Nangang LNG terminal.
The first phase of the Tianjin Nangang LNG terminal is currently under construction, and GTT is currently building two 220,000 m3 membrane full containment tanks as part of that, for which it received the order in June 2020. The new agreement covers collaboration for the second and third phases of development at the terminal. The tanks will be of the latest generation.
The terminal is being built as part of a technological partnership between France and China which began in November 2019 with an agreement signed between GTT and BTT’s parent firm Beijing Enterprises Group (BEG), during a state visit to China by the French president Emmanuel Macron, in the presence of Chinese president Xi Jinping.
Under the new agreement, GTT will also help BGG to upgrade Chinese national standards for LNG storage tanks.
‘Being the first in China to implement this latest generation storage technology has been challenging. The project is going smoothly. I hope BGG and GTT continue to strengthen cooperation, and jointly promote the adoption of lower carbon footprint membrane full containment technology among the Chinese gas companies,’ says Li Yalan, chairwoman of BGG.
Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT, says: ‘We are very pleased to extend our partnership with BGG, proof that the membrane full containment technology meets BGG expectations in terms of technological performance, cost competitiveness, and level of safety, while significantly reducing their environmental impact.’