Cove Point LNG Expansion

The Cove Point gas liquefaction plant is one of the first located on the East Coast compared to the many located on the Gulf Coast, which are more vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes. Its East Coast location will facilitate the export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), allowing energy producers to reach new markets as well as help balance global dependence on oil.

To build a facility that liquefies natural gas is a huge undertaking that requires the strength and durability of galvanized steel. In 2015, the Cove Point LNG project in Lusby, Maryland began with a plan to build nine new steel buildings, all utilizing hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) for corrosion protection.

The collaboration of V&S Galvanizing, the fabricators, erection team and offsite storage area was critical and well-executed. Quality corrosion protection and aesthetics were crucial on this project, as well as adherence to the strict schedule necessary on such a massive project. Because of these requirements, hot-dip galvanizing was chosen as the best corrosion protection system for the project.

V&S Galvanizing was required to undergo a pre-project supplier certification and hosted periodic inspections to demonstrate the quality of work. Essential to the hot-dip galvanizing success was implementation of a custom, piece-mark ID tag system to identify parts before, during, and after galvanizing. This helped with the strategic flow of galvanized materials to the job site.


V&S Galvanizing was required to undergo a pre-project supplier certification and hosted periodic inspections to demonstrate the quality of work. Essential to the hot-dip galvanizing success was implementation of a custom, piece-mark ID tag system to identify parts before, during, and after galvanizing. This helped with the strategic flow of galvanized materials to the job site.

Keeping Cove Point at full capacity consistently required a durable, long-lasting corrosion protection system, and hot-dip galvanized steel provided the strength and reliability necessary to withstand the rigors of such a harsh environment. Because of its hot-dip galvanized steel, the Cove Point facility will be able to supply an alternative energy source within and well beyond our borders for generations to come.

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