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Caribbean FLNG project reaches major milestone

LNG Industry,

Black & Veatch, Wison Offshore & Marine and EXMAR have celebrated a major milestone on the Caribbean FLNG project.

A ceremony was held on 19 November to celebrate the undocking of the Caribbean FLNG facility from the Wison Offshore & Marine dry dock in Nantong, China, bringing the project closer to commercial reality.

Caribbean FLNG

The Caribbean FLNG project is being delivered by Wison Offshore & Marine (Wison) at its yard in Nantong under an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract with EXMAR. The unit comprises a non-propelled barge that will be operated off the Caribbean coast of Colombia for Pacific Rubiales Energy and equipped to convert 72.0 million ft3/d of natural gas into LNG for temporary storage and export.

EXMAR attended the ceremony alongside Wison’s key partner in the project, Black & Veatch, who is responsible for the engineering and procurement of the topsides equipment as well as providing the company’s patented PRICO® LNG liquefaction technology.


Wison and Black & Veatch are now in the process of completing the commissioning activities on the facility in preparation for delivery to its location in Colombia by the end of Q2 2015.

With the Caribbean FLNG unit out of its Nantong dry dock, Wison is now using the area for fabrication of its second LNG facility, a barge-based floating regasification unit for a joint venture between EXMAR and Pacific Midstream Holding Corp., an affiliate of Pacific Rubiales Energy. First steel was cut on this unit earlier in November.


L. Dwayne Breaux, President of Wison Offshore & Marine

“This event is another major milestone on the Caribbean FLNG project that brings not only this project, but the entire industry one step closer to making floating LNG a reality. By being an integral part of this premier project for EXMAR and their client Pacific Rubiales Energy, Wison is proving that by working with our key partner Black & Veatch that we can establish a cost-effective EPCIC solution to the market that can be repeated for other LNG developments.”

Bob Germinder, Senior VP of Black & Veatch’s oil & gas business

“Since inception, the team’s focus has been to set a performance benchmark for the industry and prove the commercial advantages of producing floating LNG. The expertise and collaboration between all parties has been outstanding to manage the complex and challenging integration.”

Nicolas Saverys, CEO of EXMAR

“This is a major milestone in the development of our Colombian project. The cooperation with both partners is excellent and we are very excited to bring a world’s first to the market when the first commercial LNG cargo from our FLNG project will be produced during second half 2015.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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