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Engie and Sembcorp Marine ink Gravifloat MoU

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Sembcorp Marine Ltd’s subsidiary, Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte Ltd, and Engie have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the development and deployment of Sembcorp Marine’s Gravifloat technology for LNG-to-power near-shore terminals. Gravifloat focuses on small LNG power businesses with 10 MW to 300 MW capacities.

Gravifloat solutions are steel-based modularised and floatable structures fixed to the seabed at site. These structures are re-floatable and can be redeployed to another location.

The solutions can be flexibly configured with various provenland-based plants and equipment.

Gravifloat modules are constructed and tested at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyards. Since 2015, Sembcorp Marine and Engie have been discussing a Gravifloat 3-in-1 integrated solution for near-shore receiving, storage and regasification of LNG, as well as power generation. The parties intend to develop and promote this solution to meet the needs of emerging markets. They will be working together on targeted projects.

Didier Holleaux, Engie Executive Vice President, said: “This agreement with Sembcorp Marine will enrich Engie's offerings to its customers with an additional innovative LNG-to-power solution particularly well suited for harsh weather conditions and with a short time to market.”

William Gu, Sembcorp Marine Head of Rigs & Floaters, added: “Sembcorp Marine’s Gravifloat technology, together with our yard facilities for fabricating the Gravifloat structures, is an excellent complement to Engie’s technical know-how and experience in the LNG-to-power business. We value this collaboration and are looking forward to a successful project with Engie.”

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