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Black & Veatch’s PRICO® technology to play critical role in FLNG

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Black & Veatch’s patented PRICO® technology and engineering and procurement capabilities are expected to play another major role in FLNG technology, this time for BP’s field development in West Africa.

Black & Veatch is teaming with Keppel Shipyard Limited to convert a LNG carrier, the Gimi, into a floating liquefaction facility.

This project continues the close partnership between Keppel Shipyard and Golar LNG. Black & Veatch has grown its relationship with Golar since 2011, going from concept to front-end design to design and delivery of FLNG vessel conversions. In 2014, Golar awarded the EPC contract to Keppel Shipyard and Black & Veatch to convert the Hilli Episeyo, a 125 000 m3 LNG carrier, to an FLNG vessel.

FLNG solutions can be a cost-effective and faster-delivering alternative to traditional onshore facilities, which is particularly crucial in natural gas’ current low-price environment. The successful commissioning of the FLNG Hilli Episeyo offshore Cameroon has bolstered market confidence in converted FLNG solutions.

“This partnership with Golar and Keppel is a direct reflection of the industry experience, leadership, and value that Black & Veatch brings to complex offshore conversion projects. FLNG can help fill the world’s growing demand for energy by offering a faster, more cost-effective solution,” said Bob Germinder, Black & Veatch Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Floating Oil & Gas Solutions.

“Black & Veatch’s PRICO® technology continues to allow us to provide competitive liquefaction solutions to our clients who are looking to develop and monetise their natural gas assets,” said Iain Ross, Golar CEO.

BP holds a majority interest and operatorship in the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyin project development located offshore of Mauritania and Senegal. Proceeding with front end engineering and design (FEED) on the provision of the Gimi FLNG vessel will support Phase 1A of BP’s development plans for the region, which also includes development of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. The vessel conversion is contingent on Project FID by BP, expected end 2018.

The work scope for Keppel Shipyard and Black & Veatch to convert the Gimi is similar to that of the Golar Hilli Episeyo. Black & Veatch will provide its licensed PRICO® liquefaction technology and global engineering and procurement capabilities while Keppel Shipyard will provide the marine systems and all of the conversion-related construction services.

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