With the development driven by a multinational venture, Royal HaskoningDHV was contracted by Amec Fosterto help redesign aspects of the new refinery, including petrochemical, storage, and marine import-export facilities, such as:

  • An offshore single point mooring
  • An oil transport pipeline and manifold
  • Multiple jettiesand berths for liquid and solid products and tugs
  • A berth entrance and channel basin
  • A breakwater and embankment
  • A seawater intake and outfall structures

The initial  design  for  crude  product  imports involved using  a  SPM-located  VLCC  berth connected by a 12km shallow water pipeline to the shore. We performed a value engineering exercise  of  the  marine  design to  understand  how  it  could  be  optimised. The  results  of  the exercise included proposing some important changes, such as: 

  • Relocating  the  harbour  basin –balancing  increased  construction  costs  against reduced need for dredging
  • Increasing the subsea pipeline length from 12km to 35km

With the project playing a significant role in Vietnam’s development, the value engineering and design  services  we delivered have been highly  commended  by  our  client as the  new  layout helped to save the considerable cost of dredging, including both capital dredging and annual maintenance dredging across the entire life cycle of the project.

Before the original design was realised, we were able to propose and develop solutions that led to a more cost-effective marine layout. This means that during the project’s design lifetime, maintenance costs have been reduced and a greater return on investment achieved.

Royal HaskoningDHV helped the project team understand that the concept design had significant drawbacks, and consequently proposed and developed a solution which ultimately serves the client and refinery much better.

Mark Peaurt

Project Manager, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd

Project results

  • The revised design has significantly reduced maintenance costs and led to a greater return on our client’s investment. 

  • The refinery is now the largest in Vietnam, contributing to the country’s economic and social development. 

Project facts

  • Client
    Foster Wheeler
  • Location
    Nghi Son, Vietnam
  • Period
    2008 - 2015
  • Challenge
    Redesigning aspects of a refinery’s marine infrastructure to save costs
  • Solution
    Value engineering revealed a more cost-effective marine infrastructure layout with greater long term return on investment