The Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal (HKLTL) Project

Amanda Johnson

INCITIAS has been part of the HKLTL project since 2015 and provided specialist support throughout the various stages, contributing to its success.


As the HKLTL project nears its operational start, INCITIAS looks back at our involvement with the project. Our involvement with the HKLTL (CLP and Hong Kong Electric Joint Venture) Offshore LNG terminal project kicked off with conceptualisation in 2015. Our dedicated team has made significant contributions throughout the project’s various stages, contributing to its success. The project is a landmark achievement for Hong Kong.


🔹 Concept Study and Environmental Impact Assessment (2015-2017)


From the initial stages, INCITIAS provided specialist support in the form of a concept study for the HKLTL Offshore LNG terminal. Furthermore, our team played a vital role in the Environmental Impact Assessment process, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and environmental sustainability.


🔹 Project Development Leadership and FEED Study (2018)


In 2018, INCITIAS took on project development activities, leading the management of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study conducted in Singapore. This allowed our staff to demonstrate their expertise in project management and ensure a solid foundation for the subsequent phases of the project. 


🔹 Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) Support (2018)


We provided crucial assistance during the Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) phase, including supporting the preparation and evaluation of the EPC Request for Proposal (RFP). Our technical assessment of the EPC bids allowed for informed decision-making, ensuring the selection of the most capable contractors. 


🔹 Specialist Owner’s Engineering Services (2015-2023)


During the execution phase of the project spanning from 2019 to 2023, INCITIAS offered specialised Owner’s Engineering services. Our representative office in Hong Kong facilitated Mooring and Naval Architecture support, instrument and controls expertise, mechanical engineering, project engineering, and offshore construction oversight. By harnessing our diverse skill sets and overcoming challenges we worked to ensure the project progressed effectively. 


🔹 Enhancing Hong Kong’s Natural Gas Stability


The HKLTL Offshore LNG terminal project holds significant importance for Hong Kong’s energy infrastructure. Utilising the world’s largest Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU), the terminal has been built to withstand extreme weather conditions, including typhoons. By diversifying supply sources and procuring natural gas at competitive prices from the global market, this terminal will enhance the stability of Hong Kong’s natural gas supply, contributing to its energy security. 


🔹 Looking Ahead: Safe and Successful Commissioning


As the HKLTL Offshore LNG terminal approaches its commissioning phase, INCITIAS wishes the project a safe and successful campaign leading up to the first gas. We are proud to have been part of this significant initiative and extend our congratulations to all involved in bringing this remarkable project to fruition.

An image of the LNG terminal in Hong Kong

For more information about the Hong Kong LNG Terminal and INCITIAS contributions, please contact: Paul Duncan or Holger Kelle
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Engineering Services

INCITIAS Services and Original Products are supported by in-house team of engineers and designers:

  • Naval architects
  • Process engineers
  • Mechanical and Marine engineers
  • Safety and risk engineers
  • Structural and civil engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation engineers
  • Subsea engineers
  • Construction supervisors

Naval Architecture services:

  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Hydrostatic analysis
  • Offshore and nearshore mooring systems design 
  • Design in accordance with IMO and class requirements

Process Engineering services:

  • Cryogenic system engineering for LNG, ethane, LPG, and hydrogen
  • Chemical engineering for olefins, biodiesel, and chemical bulk handling
  • Natural gas networks
  • Fuel systems
  • Jetty topsides for conventional oil and LNG
  • FPSO topsides design
  • Process system commissioning

Mechanical and Marine Engineering services:

  • Original equipment and machinery design
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic system design
  • Cryogenic pressure vessel design
  • Piping systems design
  • Package engineering
  • Marine systems integrations
  • Cargo and ballast systems, HVAC, and cooling propulsion solutions

Safety and Risk Engineering services:

  • Explosion studies
  • Gas dispersion studies
  • Cooling water dispersion studies
  • QRA, HAZOP and HAZID coordination

Structural Engineering services:

  • Marine and offshore structure design
  • Structure life extension
  • Fatigue studies
  • Asset integrity

Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering services:

  • Load lists
  • Shore-to-ship power connections
  • Power system design
  • LV and MV engineering
  • Subsea electrical systems engineering
  • Process and machinery instrumentation design

Subsea Engineering services:

  • ROV operations engineering
  • Subsea intervention engineering
  • Subsea pipeline system design
  • Flexible flowline and umbilical design

FPSO External Riser turret mooring

Mooring Handling LIFTING BEAM GENERAL ASSEMBLY Original Equipment

Hose Reel 3D hybrid render

FPSO Bow Extension 3D modelling

FPSO Decommissioning

Our clients find our experience invaluable during FPSO decommissioning planning and execution, using the INCITIAS teams’ ability to assess the most suitable strategy, based on the project and local authority’s requirements. Our team has extensive experience in the design and installation of FPSO mooring systems, risers and umbilicals.


We can support the client decommissioning plan with the following services:


  • Decommissioning option selection study and recommendation
  • Cost estimate and assessment of cost escalation
  • Contracting strategy options selection and recommendation
  • Integrated owner engineering team
  • Original equipment to unlock value in the decommissioning plan
  • Project management of decommissioning team and sub-contractor


Examples of typical deliverables for FPSO Decommissioning are:


  • Execution plan and cost estimation
  • Riser, umbilical and mooring disconnection analysis
  • Vessel spread selection and market enquiry
  • Decommissioning story board, tools and resource lists 
  • Design and build of original equipment 
  • ROV campaign support
  • Decommissioning schedule and procedure
  • Request for quotation, bid assessment and recommendation 

Single Point Mooring system

Turret Mooring

Independent Verification Design

Working together with INCITIAS, clients can obtain objective evidence of asset compliance with project requirements.

With our independent verification design process, INCITIAS applies an efficient risk-based assessment method to prioritise critical elements of the asset.


An INCITIAS comprehensive review can include:


  • Desktop review of design documents
  • Review of HAZID, EIA and QRA findings
  • Risk ranking of asset elements
  • Preparation of review plan
  • Client approval of review plan
  • Execute review plan, including on-site performance verification
  • Issue of certification certificate

We work together with our clients to ensure the appropriate level of review is carried out.

Operations & Maintenance Support

INCITIAS combines our Engineering expertise with real world Operations and Maintenance experience.  We support our clients with O&M development and management activities including:


  • Enterprise management system development
  • Organisation structure development and evaluation
  • Systems and procedures development and review, including detailed procedures, permits and work systems
  • Emergency response systems
  • Defining specific port operations requirements
  • Operation and maintenance training and competency assessment
  • Commissioning activities

Integrated Owner’s Engineering Services

We support Owners with engineering, technical, and project management expertise across LNG, marine, and vessel conversion projects. Our clients can minimise risk and maximise opportunities earlier in project execution, with INCITIAS Owner’s engineering services. 


INCITIAS can provide integrated owner’s engineering services for onshore and offshore projects from a client office, site location or remotely from our offices in Melbourne. 


Typical services are:


  • Design and construction management
  • Customised risk management solutions
  • Specialist LNG process and marine engineering
  • Budget implementation, scheduling, and cost control
  • Non-permanent on-site dedicated offices for project



Indicative deliverables are:


  • Technical document reviews
  • Project bankability documents 
  • Basis of design
  • Functional performance specification
  • Resource plan and project schedule
  • Request for quotation and technical bid evaluation
  • Participation in HAZID, HAZOP, QRA, design reviews
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Tests) certification
  • Work packs for installation contractor

We can be as involved as you require. From specialist resources who consultant on specific aspects of your project, to the provision of a fully integrated Owners team. 

At INCITIAS we develop tailor-made delivery solutions to match your project’s execution strategy and risk profile. Offering a full range of alternative delivery methods enables us to deliver the most effective project outcomes for you.

CLP Jetty Installation during the daytime

Advisory Services

INCITIAS offers integrated technical and commercial advisory services to assist clients advance their projects and provide support for their decision-making process. Clients can reduce risk and maximise opportunities by accessing our team of advisory specialists’ wealth of experience.


Typical advisory services are:


  • Technology assessment and selection. 
  • Commercial risk assessment.
  • Pre-feasibility, feasibility, and pre-FEED and FEED studies.
  • Contract review against the project technical performance.
  • Independent review of project execution plan.

INCITIAS techno-commercial advisory services aligns commercial drivers with feasible and proven technical solutions. Our team’s experience includes facility selection, financial assessment, contracting strategies, construction management and project operations. Assisting clients meet their business objectives using our capabilities to provide insights and solutions. 


Indicative deliverables are:


  • Site selection study
  • Environmental pre-assessment 
  • Technology options, recommendations and definition
  • Review of contract commitment against the facility performance
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Financial models, NPV calculation, tolling model, and sensitivity assessment 
  • Project bankability document pack
  • Probabilistic models combining queueing and Monte Carlo assessment for logistic studies
  • HAZID, HAZOP, QRA and project risk assessment 
  • Operations and training requirements definition