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ABS awards AIP to HHI’s deepwater FLNG hull

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ABS has announced that it has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) deepwater floating LNG (FLNG) hull design.

According to HHI, the newbuilding conversion FLNG hull design can be constructed for approximately 80% less than the cost of a conventional FLNG hull. It is based on LNG carrier designs combined with the requirements for FLNG production, such as structural reinforcements to take topside module load and a hull designed to allow up to 25 years operation without dry-docking.

ABS Vice President Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens, said: “ABS is the market leader in the classification of offshore drilling and production units, including FLNG vessels, with more than 150 floating oil and gas facilities in the ABS-classed fleet.

“We have partnered in leading innovation in the offshore sector for 60 years, and we are proud to enable this latest advanced deepwater FLNG Hull approach from HHI.”

HHI combined the latest industry trends with first-class shipbuilding practices and ABS rules, maintaining high safety standards. A low cost near shore FLNG hull was successfully developed and achieved ABS AIP in 2017. The same team from HHI and ABS has now worked to deliver this harsh environment deepwater hull to meet increasing market demand.

Hyungkwan Kim, Executive Vice President, Shipbuilding Division at HHI, said: “In the current emerging gas market, a ready-to-convert offshore FLNG hull, with ABS certification, at affordable CAPEX is an important product for monetisation of gas reserves around the globe. This new line-up from HHI responds to the requirements of operators and combines HHI’s unparalleled expertise in shipbuilding with ABS’ stringent safety evaluation.”

According to ABS, the design features a barge-shaped hull and a 192 000 m3 GTT Mark III containment system, as well as provisions to accommodate an internal turret and 45 000 t of topside modules to deliver 2.5 million tpy of LNG.

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