First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 27, 2016

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

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.
The FLNG project is being delivered by Wison under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract with Exmar. Both gas trial and performance test were completed at Wison’s Nantong Yard in China. It is the world’s first gas trial for a floating liquefaction unit before sail-out. All systems on the FLNG have been commissioned and tested without leaving the shipyard by using LNG to supply gas without connection to a pipeline. Conducting gas trials and performance testing in the shipyard shortened the time required for project completion.
Wei Huaqing, Project Manager for the FLNG project and Deputy General Manager of Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry, stated, ”The successful completion of performance test verified  Wison’s comprehensive project management capabilities from engineering design, supplier management to fabrication, demonstrating our integrated EPCIC project delivery capability in complicated and challenging projects. The project has also cemented Wison’s position in floating LNG turnkey projects around the world.”
An Wenxin, Senior Vice President of Wison Offshore & Marine, said, “Floating LNG production, storage and transportation facilities are emerging markets with large potential. The small-scale FLNG being delivered by Wison has design advantages with low-cost and compact features, providing the market with more economical and efficient solutions. By playing a key role in the LNG midstream supply chain, Wison is dedicated to provide Clients with innovative solutions to monetize their gas field assets.
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