DNV GL has been awarded a framework agreement for the provision of design and engineering technical services to the Grain LNG terminal. The scope of the three-year framework agreement covers feasibility studies, conceptual design studies, specialist engineering and risk management services up to and including front-end engineering and design (FEED). Grain LNG is integral to the UK energy infrastructure and security of supply. It is the largest terminal in Europe and eighth largest in the world by tank capacity with a site that spans over 600 acres in total. National Grid are working hard to develop Grain LNG as a world leader. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is, as its name suggests, natural gas in liquid form. It is developed by chilling gas to -161 degrees centigrade so that it occupies 600 times less space than in its gaseous form. It is easily stored in large volumes assisting in security of supply, in times of great need such as winter cold spells. Over time, as indigenous supplies from the UK Continental Shelf diminish, LNG could make up a significant percentage of the UK's gas supply and demand requirement.  Nicola Duffin, Commercial Manager, National Grid  says “Grain recently celebrated ten exceptional years  of progress and now we are looking to the future, increasing the services we offer to our customers and working to ensure that Grain remains the European port of choice for LNG shippers. DNV GL are crucial to our safety and success.” Hari Vamadevan, DNV GL Regional Manager UK & West Africa,  adds “This is a significant contract for DNV GL, the importance of LNG in the fuel mix is crucial to the UK, and the EU is supporting it as a clean fuel for road transportation. It is estimated that by 2020, 70% of the UK’s gas will need to be imported and more importantly stored. National Grid are leading the way in their plans for Grain LNG and DNV GL are delighted to be involved in delivering success, on behalf of National Grid,  to secure a better future for the provision of gas to homes and businesses throughout the UK.”