Good practice guide for LNG plants

1. GENERAL ITEMS

1.0 MANDATORY REGULATIONS OF A GENERAL NATURE FOR LNG PLANTS

Details of the regulations applicable to the plant at both European and state level are to be made available.

Both NGTS regulations and the following Detailed Protocols are to be applied:

  • DP-01: MEASUREMENT
  • DP-02: DELIVERY PROCEDURE AT TRANSPORT-DISTRIBUTION CONNECTION POINTS (TDCP)
  • DP-03: DEMAND PREDICTION
  • DP-04: COMMUNICATION MECHANISMS
  • DP-05: PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING ENERGY UNLOADED BY METHANE TANKERS
  • DP-06: OPERATIONAL RULES FOR THE UNLOADING OF METHANE TANKERS
  • DP-07: SCHEDULES AND NOMINATIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURES AND TRANSPORT
  • DP-08: CONSUMPTION SCHEDULES AND NOMINATIONS WITHIN DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS
  • DP-09: CALCULATION OF ADMISSIBLE RANGES FOR THE VALUES OF THE BASIC CONTROL VARIABLES WITHIN THE SYSTEM’S NORMAL OPERATING RANGES
  • DP-10: CALCULATION OF INSTALLATION CAPACITY
  • DP-11: DELIVERY PROCEDURE AT ENTRY POINTS TO THE TRANSPORT NETWORK

Techincal Management of The has System Regulations (NGTS)

2. PUBLICATION/INFORMATION ON THE TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PLANT

2.1. PORT AND BERTH

2.1.1. Information regarding Characteristics of Port and Berth: Information on the characteristics and type of berth point is to be made available at every plant.

 Information regarding characteristics of Port and Berth. Saggas (information on construction, sorry)

 Information berth point characteristincs of Saggas in the port of Sagunt (information on construction, sorry).

2.2 STORAGE SYSTEMS

2.2.1. Publication of information relating to the number of tanks and their technical capacity.

 Techinal Specifications

2.3 UNLOADING SYSTEM

2.3.1 Tanker-Plant Compatibility: The compatibility procedures for the tanker-plant interface to ensure a safe berth are to be made available and published, in accordance with DP-06 which establishes the mechanisms and requirements for checking the compatibility of methane tankers loading and/or unloading at LNG installations, considering their respective characteristics.

The companies involved are to handle the vetting documentation for the tankers scheduled for unloading at the plants as per the provisions of the most recent version of Detailed Protocol -06.

Saggas has internal procedures for establishing compatibility to ensure a safe berth.

Compatibility form

2.3.2 Unloading procedures: The procedure for unloading tankers is to be made available and published. Ship-Shore Interface; as per the provisions of DP-06, which establishes all the requisites necessary for guaranteeing safety throughout the process of unloading and loading tankers at LNG regasification terminals, upon successful completion of the tanker-terminal compatibility analysis required by the compatibility procedure.

Unloading procedures

3. OPERATION

3.1 MEASUREMENT

3.1.1 Applicable regulations: The practices used for this process are to be published in accordance with Detailed Protocol DP-05. The Custody Transfer Handbook is to be used as reference.

3.1.2 Publication of Custody Transfer document.

Custody Transfer document

3.1.3 Plant users are to have access to the certificates of the equipment and instruments used for measuring.

4. MAINTENANCE

4.1 The Annual Maintenance Plan is to be published in accordance with NGTS-08. Information which is passed onto the manager and published by this latter.

The Annual Maintenance Plan

4.2 Legal requirements are to be fulfilled in accordance with that established in the Industrial Regulations, in the following areas: Pressure equipment, high and low voltage regulations, storage of chemical substances, fire prevention systems.

Plant users are to have access to all mandatory equipment and/or component inspections they might require.

Saggas is in possesion of the equipment inspection certificates as required by law, which are made available to plant users.

5. RISK PREVENTION

5.1 Information regarding Emergency Action Plans, both internal and external, is to be made available, as per prevailing regulations: ISPS Code and major accident regulations (Royal Decree 1254/1999).

Saggas has in place Emergency Action Plan, details of which are available upon request, in compliance with the ISPS Code.

6. LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

6.1 APPLICABLE REGULATIONS

Prevailing regulations applicable to plant logistics are to be made available to plant users as per NGTS and DP-06.

6.2 CAPACITY MANAGEMENT

6.2.1 The plant’s operating capacity is to be published, indicating available and contracted capacity as per NGTS and DP-10.

The plant’s operating capacity, Saggas

6.3 CONTRACTING

Information regarding access to the infrastructure is to be made available for contracting:

  • Application forms
  • Contract forms
  • Capacity reservation applications

Capacity reservations applications

  • Tolls and levies calculator
  • Conditions for sale within Spain

Conditions for sale within Spain

6.4 LOGISTICS-SCHEDULING MANAGEMENT

6.4.1.  Annual Schedules is to be published for unloading bays.

Annual Schedules

6.4.2. Monthly operating plans are to be published, with details of daily plant operations, so that users may be aware of the status of the terminal at all times.

Monthly operations plans

6.4.3. All necessary information regarding each port is to be made available in the event it is necessary, for example, information on tide heights.

Valencia Port

6.4.4. A list of all those tankers compatible with the terminal is to be published.

Tankers compatible

7. QUALITY, PREVENTION AND ENVIRONMENT CERTIFICATIONS

Valid certificates are to be published, including:

  • Quality: ISO 9001
  • Risk Prevention: OHSAS 18001
  • Environment: ISO 14001

Certificates of SAGGAS

8. INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

A system for the management of major, unexpected incidents affecting third parties is to be made available.

Saggas is currently drawing up procedures for incident management.

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