LNG Terminal Design for California

by Thomas L. Anderson, (M.ASCE), Supervising Struct. Engr.; Fluor Engineers and Constructors, Inc. 3333 Michelson Drive, Irvine, Calif. 92730,
Robert E. Bachman, (M.ASCE), Supervising Struct. Engr.; Fluor Engineers and Constructors, Inc., 3333 Michelson Drive, Irvine, Calif. 92730,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 27-39

Document Type: Journal Paper


An LNG receiving terminal is under design for the coast of California. This is the first terminal to be designed under recently established California LNG safety standards. These standards are reviewed as they relate to earthquake engineering, and they are compared with other existing criteria. Seismic criteria, special studies and major earthquake-related design features incorporated to comply with these standards are explored, and the design impact on LNG storage tanks, marine facilities and other major structures is examined. The lifeline earthquake engineering aspects of the project (reliability and safety) coupled with the seismicity of the site (0.7g SSE spectra) result in design requirements more conservative than those specified for most nuclear power plants. The project criteria are believed to incorporate the most current philosophy with regard to safety critical, non-nuclear lifeline facilities.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Natural gas | Earthquakes | Building design | Safety | Seismic tests | Storage tanks | Storage facilities | California | United States

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