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World’s first barge-based FSRU undocks from dry-dock

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Wison Offshore & Marine has released a statement claiming that the world’s first barge-based floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) has successfully undocked from the company’s dry-dock in Nantong, China.

Wison provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Exmar vessel. The FSRU will become the world’s first such vessel with small scale storage capacity, and has a regasification capacity of 600 million ft3/d. The vessel features two SPB cargo tanks installed in the hull for storage. Each tank has a capacity of 12 500 m3.

The project is the second one that Wison and Exmar have cooperated on (the other being the Caribbean FLNG project). By adopting a modularised approach, the FSRU’s hull and topside modules have been fabricated simultaneously, reducing safety risks, improving construction quality, and helping to reduce the delivery schedule. In addition to this, Wison developed its own cargo containment system and cargo handling system for IHI SPB tanks. The regasification module, meanwhile, has been successfully applied in Caribbean FLNG’s final performance test as its temporary regasification skid.

The Senior Vice President of Wison Offshore & Marine, An Wenxin, said: “The successful undocking of the FSRU once again verifies Wison’s strong competence in the lump sum turnkey projects for floating LNG facilities. It further proves that we are capable of providing the market with the most cost-effective EPC solutions that are applicable in other LNG developments, such as the new W-FSRP (Wison – Floating Storage, Regasification and Power generation) series we launched recently. We’re dedicated to providing more economic, fast-track solutions to a wide range of industry clients.”

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