The LNG Terminal was built for Rass Laffan LNG, which is owned by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil USA and Edison Italia. Aker Kvaerner and Skanska's Norwegian subsidiary provided engineering and project management services.
During the 21-day journey, the caisson will be floated across the Mediterranean, around the heel of Italy to its final destination 17 kilometres off the coast of Venice. Practically an artificial island, the giant structure is designed to withstand winds, tides, and earthquakes in its final location, and any incidents that might occur in transit.
Over the last three years, ACCIONA Infrastructure built the prestressed concrete foundation, industrial installation, lagging and secondary containment for the LNG tanks, and handled all project logistics. ACCIONA also undertook all of the ancillary installations for the base camp, including 4,500 square metres of offices and other facilities. Safety, environmental protection and quality were treated as absolute priorities during the project, and more than 35,000 hours of classes were given to project staff in order to combine strengths and standardise methodology.