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LR issues AIP to Babcock’s LGE Process for reliquefaction system

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced that it has presented Babcock’s LGE Process with an Approval in Principle (AIP) for its LNG mixed refrigerant (MR) reliquefaction system, ecoSMRT®.

The ecoSMRT LNG reliquefaction plan was designed in response to the increasing issue of excess boil-off gas (BOG) resulting from the introduction of dual-fuel propulsion engines (ME-GI/X-DF) with efficiency. The plant is designed for use on LNG carriers to reliquefy BOG.

Jose Navarro, Principal Gas Technology Specialist, Lloyd’s Register, said: “We are pleased to present the Approval in Principle certificate to representatives of Babcock here today at Gastech.

“There is lots of discussion at the show around efficiency, so it is very fitting to be able to recognise Babcock’s LNG reliquefaction system, ecoSMRT.”

The scalable system is optimised for LNG carriers, and utilises proven MR technology, but is based on a novel arrangement of these components. The improved single mixed refrigerant (SMR) LNG reliquefaction system reduces the overall footprint, complexity, CAPEX and OPEX.

Alan Duckett, Babcock LGE Process; Technical & Sales Director said: “As innovators in the field of LNG technologies it is a real privilege for Babcock to be recognised this way and to be presented with an ‘Approval in Principal’ from Lloyd's Register.

“Our ecoSMRT® technology can provide significant operational benefits to LNG carriers and is a testament to our ground-breaking design capabilities, developed along with long standing partner, HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries), and with valuable input from LR.

“It is an exciting time for Babcock, as we introduce new technological solutions for LNG carriers as well as shuttle tankers (ecoVOCC®) and LNG GSV (FGSV0™)."

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