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Gasconsult awards FLNG development contract to CB&I

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Gasconsult, the UK based supplier of a proprietary and patented methane cycle liquefaction technology, has announced that is has awarded a contract to LNG engineer CB&I for the development of its ZR-LNG liquefaction process.

The work is being co-funded under the British Government’s Innovate UK scheme and the work will be performed from CB&I’s Paddington, UK offices. The work will comprise design development of the ZR-LNG process for a gas turbine driven FLNG application based on multiple single train modules of nominal 1.5 million and 1.0 million tpy capacity. To comply with the objectives of the Innovate UK grant regarding technology application in developing countries, the work will also include a pre-feasibility study of a land based Coal Seam Gas LNG plant in Botswana. The Botswana work will be performed by OTC, a Johannesburg based engineering company.

The advantages of ZR-LNG include high energy efficiency, low capital and operating cost, higher project returns and simplicity of operation. Specifically, the ZR-LNG process requires no external refrigerants, using the methane feedgas as the refrigerant medium and eliminating refrigerant extraction or storage equipment. Refrigerant supply logistics to remote locations are eliminated and there are no refrigerant make-up costs. Absence of a liquid hydrocarbon refrigerant inventory reduces fire and blast risk, enhancing safety. All equipment is available from multiple vendors and the design concept has already been validated by BP and several large E&C companies active in LNG.

Speaking on award of the contracts to CB&I and OTC, Bill Howe, CEO of Gasconsult said “This is a major step forward for Gasconsult as the work will provide significant engineering information of relevance to project developers and allow Gasconsult to be fully responsive during the technology assessment phase of LNG projects. LNG is a preferred future energy source arising from its lower carbon and sulfur emissions than coal and oil”.

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