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KHI awarded AIP for floating LNG power plant

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DNV GL has announced that it has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) with an approval in principle (AIP) for its LNG floating power plant (LFPP) design.

According to the statement, the LFPP is a decentralised energy generation solution that will enable locations to tap into natural gas as part of their power mix. The concept has been specifically designed for installation in areas where energy demand is growing quickly, but where onshore infrastructure is not feasible or commercially viable. Instead, DNV GL claims that the LNG would be offloaded from a carrier, stored on board two cylindrical (IMO Type C) tanks, and then regasified for power generation and exported to the onshore grid. Regasification takes place in the fuel gas supply space facility located on the deck, with the gas then fed into the gas engine power generation system, which consists of four gas-fuelled KHI engines.

Johan Petter Tutturen, DNV GL Business Director Gas Carriers, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this project with KHI, continuing a long tradition of cooperation on LNG projects that stretches back nearly 40 years.

“As energy demand increases, this innovative technology could be used to provide supply on a long or short-term basis, adding flexibility to the energy mix wherever it is deployed.”

According to the statement, the LFPP concept has been developed based on KHI’s experience with onshore LNG receiving terminals and containment systems. After the execution of both a hazard identification (HAZID) study and a review of the design according to its rules, DNV GL claims that it has been able to issue the AIP for the concept. The AIP demonstrates that the concept is in line with DNV GL’s rules for Gas Power Plants in Part 6, Chapter 5, Section 20, that were introduced last year.

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