Canvey Island Methane Terminal

Photos taken from PS Waverley

Methane Progress

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  • When were these pictures taken Ian? That looks like the 1953 seawall

    By Janet Penn (27/07/2009)
  • The dates on the slides are 1979

    By ianhawks (28/07/2009)
  • Thanks Ian

    By Janet Penn (28/07/2009)
  • These are great!

    By David Bullock (28/07/2009)
  • The Methane Progress [as pictured]was one of two identical liquid methane tankers the other one being the Methane Princess used initially (from 1964) to bring in liquid natural gas from Algeria.Prior to this, a pilot scheme,using a small LNG tanker the “Methane Pioneer” was tried to see if the idea was feasible- this used one of the “Texaco” jetties with a specially insulated pipeline running onto the Methane terminal site,obviously it was feasible as the terminal was then constructed.
    I remember working at the end of the new Methane terminal jetty on the day the” Methane Princess” delivered it’s first cargo in 1964 and trying to control a so called state of the art gangplank in a high wind watched by all the local dignitaries!

    With regard to the seawall (middle picture) I believe this was the one constructed rather hastily in the aftermath of the 1953 flood which I experienced-about the time the pictures were taken (1979?) the present seawall was undergoing construction.

    By Ian Newman (11/10/2009)

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