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FLNG milestone for Black & Veatch technology

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The world’s first floating natural gas liquefaction unit (FLNG) has successfully completed performance testing in Nantong, China.

The Caribbean FLNG (CFLNG) project uses Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® technology for the single train liquefaction unit, producing 72 million ft3/d of LNG onboard the non-propelled barge. The LNG is temporarily stored in onboard tanks and can be subsequently offloaded to LNG carriers. Black & Veatch delivered engineering and procurement for the top side liquefaction unit, along with construction support, onsite commissioning and start-up services.

With the average liquefaction process load exceeding 100% during the 72-hour performance test, the performance of the FLNG ensured all design requirements and production capacities were achieved for the unit’s operational effectiveness.

Both the gas trial and performance test were completed in Nantong before sail-out. All systems on the FLNG have been fully 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 to achieve project completion.

Nicolas Saverys, Exmar Chief Executive Officer, said: “This performance test completion is a major milestone in our company’s floating LNG liquefaction programme to help meet the growing demand for energy. It demonstrates our leadership in FLNG solutions, allowing owners of stranded gas reserves to monetise their reserves on a very fast track basis under a build, own, operate basis with Exmar.”

Bob Germinder, Senior Vice President of Black & Veatch’s Oil & Gas business, added: “The results from the in-depth performance testing further confirms the leadership in FLNG project delivery that we are bringing to the industry through our floating LNG solutions programme […] Our PRICO® technology is being applied in more than 30 LNG operations worldwide, and with the completion of this performance testing, the first of five Black & Veatch designed FLNG trains are now proven in the marketplace, demonstrating how we are helping to meet the growing demand for energy.”

Germinder added that the results for the Exmar CFLNG project are the outcome of a collaborative effort between Exmar, Wison Offshore & Marine, Black & Veatch and other suppliers.

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