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Heatric wins PFLNG 2 contract

LNG Industry,

Heatric has won a contract from JGC Corporation (JGC) for the supply of printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs) to Petronas' second floating LNG (FLNG) facility (PFLNG 2).

JGC is leading the consortium for the development of PFLNG 2, which will be stationed in gas fields offshore Malaysia. The FLNG facility will have a production capacity of 1.5 million tpa of LNG.

Heatric exchangers are a key technology employed in offshore gas processing. Their combination of diffusion-bonding with precision-engineered, chemically-etched flow plates, produces compact, lightweight PCHEs favoured by offshore platforms and vessels where space and weight is at a premium. As PCHEs weigh up to 85% less than conventional technology, the cost of topside super-structure support is reduced. Their high integrity, seamless weld and joint-free structure render them undisrupted by vibration, highly resistant to fire and requiring minimal over-pressure relief systems.

The PCHEs installed on the topsides of the PFLNG 2 facility include the heat exchangers for the liquefaction process.

Other contracts

This deal follows last year's award for PCHEs for gas processing applications on Petrobras' floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in the Lula and Guará Pre-Salt fields in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil, and another to supply PCHEs for the Shell Prelude Floating LNG Project, the world's biggest floating LNG facility.

Heatric was selected for this project after more than 10 years' successful operation of PCHEs in a range of onshore LNG facilities for Shell and other customers. Adrain Tattersall, Heatric General Manager said: "Heatric is an established supplier to JGC, which has been responsible for constructing about 30% of LNG plants worldwide, including seven new projects in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Russia, and Canada.

"We are delighted that Heatric continues as JGC's heat exchanger partner as it moves offshore to meet the requirements of ground-breaking FLNG projects such as Malaysia's Petronas' PFLNG 1 project, the world's first floating LNG plant located in gas fields more than 1000 m beneath the ocean's surface."

 Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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