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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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GTT Wins Prelude FLNG Work

Photo: Prelude FLNG

France's GTT has won a contract to provide membrane cargo containment system services to Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in the Browse basin off western Australia. This contract will provide support for the engineering, inspection, maintenance as well as testing of the containment system. The Prelude FLNG facility recently arrived at its location 475km north east of Broome where the hook-up and commissioning phase of the project is underway. Prelude FLNG has a liquefied gas storage capacity of 326,000 m3.

FLNG Hilli Episeyo Departs Singapore Early

 Golar LNG Limited said today that its floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel Hilli Episeyo departed Singapore for Cameroon earlier than anticipated, leaving at 10 a.m. local time on October 12.   Hilli Episeyo was scheduled to leave Singapore between October 15 and October 20, but Golar LNG said a decision was made to complete LNG bunkering in Cameroon rather than in Singapore. The voyage to Cameroon is expected to take between 32 and 40 days.    The world’s first FLNG conversion, Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1970s-built LNG carrier by Keppel Shipyard. The vessel will go to work offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon.  

Hyundai Heavy Develops FLNG Model

Hyundai FLNG Model

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and offshore facilities contractor announced today that the Company completed developing its own Hyundai FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Plant) model in association with Linde AG, an international industrial gases and engineering company of Germany. The Hyundai FLNG has an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons of LNG and can store about 193,800 m3 LNG with its compact size of 355 m in length, 70 m width and 35 m in height.

EXMAR Orders Second FLNG from Wison

EXMAR NV has placed an order for a second Floating LNG Liquefaction Unit (FLNG) at Wison Offshore & Marine. Under the agreement, Wison will be responsible for the turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the FLNG, which will be a self-contained barge with a liquefaction capacity of 0.6 MTPA and 20,000 m³ of LNG storage. The FLNG will be constructed at Wison’s shipyard in Nantong, China, where also the construction of the world’s first FLNG for EXMAR is nearing completion. EXMAR also secured additional firm options for two more FLNGs. Building on EXMAR’s nearshore barge-based FLNG concept…

Technip Samsung JV Wins 2 FLNG Project Contracts

Courtesy Technip

The Browse project covers the realization and installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin, 425 kilometers North of Broome, Western Australia. The Browse project will capitalize on Shell's FLNG experience, as well as on Woodside's offshore and subsea development expertise. The first contract awarded to the Technip Samsung Consortium covers the front-end engineering design (FEED) elements of the Browse FLNG project, taking into account the composition of the gas…

FLNG Birth of a Market

Easy cool Modec’s liquefaction concept is based on efficient “air-conditioning” Courtesy Modec

FLNG deal-making has been sporadic since Woodside Petroleum at the end of 2013 delayed a final investment decision for the giant Browse FLNG project off Northwest Australia. The previous year had seen go-aheads for most of the floating liquefied natural gas projects (FLNG) underway today, including Shell’s Prelude FLNG — Woodside’s choice, it seems, of a liquefaction solution for fields 200 kilometers offshore. Yet Prelude, “the first project out”, might not be first to produce.

Shell Floating LNG Technology, Greater Sunrise Project

 Photo courtesy Shell International BV.

Shell’s Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) technology has been selected as the Sunrise Joint Venture’s preferred option for developing the Greater Sunrise gas fields in the Timor Sea. Subject to final detailed agreements, government approvals and a final investment decision Shell will operate the FLNG facility and manage the design and build phases of the FLNG project for the Sunrise Joint Venture participants. The Sunrise project would be the second deployment of Shell’s proprietary FLNG design, following Shell’s Prelude FLNG development in the Browse basin, offshore Western Australia.

Lloyd’s Releases Guide for FLNG Facilities

Lloyd’s Register published a rule set to guide the design, construction and operation of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities – the biggest, most complex floating structures ever seen – meaning natural gas will now be safer, cheaper and have a lower environmental footprint, the company said. Launched today, Lloyd’s Register’s Offshore Rules for FLNG vessels and facilities are based on a real-world projects and extensive work with key industry alliances. The Offshore Rules for FLNG reinforce Lloyd’s Register’s position at the forefront of new maritime and energy technology, building upon the work the company has performed with numerous LNG firsts, such as classing the first LNG fuelled tanker, Argonon.

Contruction Starts on World's Biggest Offshore Floating Facility

Shell celebrates the first steel cut for the first steel cut for the game-changing Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project’s substructure. The sheet of steel weighs 7.6 tonnes, is 4.3 metres wide, 13.8 metres long and 16.5 millimetres thick. (Photo: Shell)

At 1601 ft. long  x 242.7 ft. wide, the Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest offshore floating facility ever built. A new milestone was reached in the world’s use of LNG as fue, as Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility’s substructure with joint venture participants, Inpex and KOGAS, and lead contractor, the Technip Samsung Consortium, at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard in South Korea. “We are cutting 7.6 tons of steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility today…

Shell Prelude FLNG Module Shipped for Australia

Shell Prelude turret for transit: Photo courtesy of Shell

The largest piece of the turret for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility has set sail from Dubai for the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is under construction, informs Shell. The turret is part of a mooring system designed to ensure Prelude FLNG can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions. At almost 100 metres high, it is the largest in the world. The turret will run through the front of the facility and connect to giant chains that will keep it moored securely over the Prelude gas field.

DW Publishes New FLNG Market Forecast

Image: Douglas-Westwood

Floating LNG market poised for increased investment and activity, report finds. Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast total expenditure of $64.4bn from 2014-2020 in its new FLNG market report. Two-thirds of this spend is attributed to liquefaction infrastructure, while the remaining is from import and regasification facilities. The previous seven-year period saw minimal investment in floating liquefaction infrastructure, however, with the introduction of floating LNG vessels, global FLNG Capex is expected to experience significant increase over the next seven years.

Shell Moves Forward with Floating LNG

Shell announces final investment decision on Prelude Floating LNG project in Australia. The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling. The decision…

Hoegh LNG Pulls Out of FLNG

Photo: Hoegh LNG

Norway's Hoegh LNG Holdings is putting its floating LNG (FLNG) development activities on hold and to allocate all resources and capital to its core business, FSRUs, because this is where the Company sees the highest return on invested capital and the most promising market prospects. The Company's decision is a consequence of the oversupplied LNG market and deteriorating energy and financial markets, which mean that investment decisions for new LNG production facilities, including the FLNG segment, will continue to be challenging for the foreseeable future.

Simulated Maneuver of Shell’s Prelude FLNG Facility

HR Wallingford simulation (left) and photograph by Shell (right) of the Prelude tow with POSH tugs (Photo: Shell)

At 488m in length, and longer than four football pitches, Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility was always going to represent a formidable challenge even for the skilled tug masters who were charged with towing the facility from the shipyard in South Korea where it was constructed, and delivering it to its final destination, a remote gas field 475 kilometers off the coast of Western Australia. But practice makes perfect, and HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Center in Fremantle…

Wood Group Wins Browse FEED Contract

Angel Platform Courtesy Woodside

Wood Group has secured its second front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the proposed Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) Development offshore Western Australia. Under the new contract with Woodside, effective immediately, Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will progress the configuration design of the flexible risers and umbilicals for the asset’s offshore gas-condensate fields - Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa. Wood Group commenced a contract earlier this year for the subsea flowline FEED with Woodside for the development, located 300km from the Kimberly coast.

Shell Prelude FLNG Project – Loading Gear Contract

FMC Technologies, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with Technip France, on behalf of the Technip Samsung Consortium (TSC), to supply offshore loading arm systems as part of the 'Shell Prelude' Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project. FMC's scope of supply includes seven offshore footless marine loading arms, four for liquefied natural gas and three for liquefied petroleum gas. FMC's Loading Systems business in Sens, France will design and manufacture the equipment. FLNG opens up new business opportunities for countries looking to develop their gas resources, bringing more natural gas to market. Shell is the first to go ahead with such a project, Prelude FLNG.

Technip Samsung Consortium Begins Shell’s FLNG Facility

Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd (Shell) has given notice to a Technip Samsung Consortium (TSC) to proceed with the construction of the first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in the world. TSC will provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation for the FLNG facility Shell will deploy at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia. Moored far out at sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land, the Prelude FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields and liquefy it onboard by cooling.

ABS Says Time Is Now for Floating LNG Concept

ABS Vice President of Global Gas William J. Sember. Photo courtesy ABS.

ABS Vice President of Global Gas William J. Sember said the classification society is in advanced stages of design review for a number of Floating LNG (FLNG) concepts, as this technology moves ever closer to reality. Speaking at the Gastech 2011 conference, where he chaired the technical session on FLNG terminals and systems, Sember noted that as recently as five years ago, floating solutions for the import and export of LNG were still considered new and novel concepts. “Today…

Floating LNG Contracts to Technip, Samsung

Shell Gas & Power Developments BV signed a master agreement with a consortium comprising Technip and Samsung for the design, construction and installation of multiple floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities over a period of up to fifteen years. Shell and Technip-Samsung also signed a contract for execution of the front end engineering and design (FEED) for Shell's 3.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) FLNG solution. Shell's FLNG solution has the potential to place gas liquefaction facilities directly over offshore gas fields…

Shell Floats Hull for World’s Largest Floating Facility

Photo: Shell

The 488-meter-long-hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction. Prelude will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum (mtpa) to meet growing demand, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG. and to remain on location for approximately 25 years.

FLNG Construction – LR Introduce Rules

'FLNG Prelude' Photo credit Shell

LR say theirs are the first comprehensive Rules for FLNG facilities to be based on a real-world project. At the World Gas Conference 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, LR launched its Rules for Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Platforms, formulated through their extensive work with Shell on its Prelude FLNG project . Upon completion, Prelude will be the largest manmade floating object, measuring 488m long and displacing 600,000 tonnes of water. "The first FLNG facilities will have 75% of the capacity of a conventional LNG liquefaction facility…

ABS's AIP for HHI FLNG Hull

Andre Han, Vice President, Business Development in the ABS Pacific, Korea and Northern Region (left), presents Yun-Sik Lee, Executive Vice President, Shipbuilding Division at HHI, with a certificate acknowledging Approval i

ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) to a Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) hull design. Specifically conceptualized for near-shore operations, the vessel was designed with a length of 1,050 ft (320 m), a breadth of 197 ft (60 m), and a 39-ft (12 m) draft, with LNG storage capacity of 200,000 cu m using the GTT MARK III technology. The current state of the energy markets presents an opportunity for companies to be innovative and competitive by reducing engineering, procurement and commissioning costs.

First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility. The performance test was carried out in the presence of classification societies, EXMAR and all the relevant parties, Wison said. During the 72-hour performance test, the performance of the FLNG ensured all key design requirements and production capacities (guaranteed performance) were achieved for the unit’s operational effectiveness.

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