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FSP LNG claims construction of LNG containment system will be complete by early 2016

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FSP LNG BV – a joint venture (JV) amongst Braemar Engineering, Honghua Group EnTX and Jamestown Marine Metals – has announced that it will take its new containment system through general design approval (GDA) with the American Bureau of Shipping in Houston, US. It expects that the construction of the first tank will be underway by the end of 2015, and that it will have been completed and tested by March 2016.

The FSP LNG Flat Panel Semi-membrane Prismatic Type B containment system incorporates flat plate technology in order to overcome problems caused by partial filling and sloshing of LNG. It utilises a process borrowed from the aerospace industry known as the ‘friction stir welding’ technique, which offers optimum integral strength.

In a joint statement, the Chairman and President of Honghua Group – Zhang Mi – and the Managing Director of Braemar – Geoff Green – said: “Substantial progress has been made to date, and this is expected to continue going forward.”

Zhang Mi and Green thanked NASSCO, ABS and General Dynamics for their support and said that they were: “delighted with the progress made to date and wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of those in the JV for their ongoing hard work.”

The system can be used in floating production and storage (FPSO), floating storage regasification units (FSRU), LNG marine fuel tanks, the transportation of LNG and offshore storage.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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