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Babcock wins supply contract

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Babcock International has announced that it has secured its 21st ecoSMRT® supply contract at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea since its first contract award in February last year.

ecoSMRT is an LNG single mixed refrigerant (SMR) solution that has been developed in collaboration with HHI, and is now a leading solution for LNG boil-off gas (BOG) management.

According to the statement, customers can ensure optimisation of their LNG carrier by reliquefying excess BOG produced during transit, whilst benefiting from low purchase and operating costs.

Babcock claims that the solution provides high efficiency reliquefaction of BOG, using only an SMR circuit, without the need for external precooling. According to the statement, this provides a significant reduction in footprint, but also means that ecoSMRT only requires a single compressors. This translates to lower maintenance requirements and reduced spares inventory.

According to the statement, the first ecoSMRT module is set for delivery to Hyundai’s Ulsan shipyard in March this year for ship delivery and first operations in 2020.

Neal Campbell, Babcock LGE Managing Director, said: “ecoSMRT has proven to be an attractive solution to shipowners looking to improve the overall efficiency of their LNG carrier, whilst reducing cargo loss.

“Understanding our customers’ needs has been pivotal to the success of ecoSMRT. With demand for better operational efficiency at the forefront of customer requirements, ecoSMRT will be fundamental to the LNG market going forward. We look forward to the continued success of ecoSMRT throughout 2019.”

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