Topsides assembly starts on Colombia FLNG vessel

Offshore staff

SHANGHAI, China – Installation is under way in China of the topsides liquefaction equipment on the Caribbean FLNG project.

According to EPCIC contractor Wison Offshore & Marine, this will be the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction and storage vessel (FLNG) in operation. Owner Exmar will operate the vessel offshore Colombia.

It comprises a non-propelled barge which will be equipped to convert 69.5 MMcf/d of natural gas into LNG (around 500,000 tons/yr) for temporary storage and export.

The topsides equipment will use Black & Veatch’s PRICO technology to liquefy the gas.

Fabrication work for the project started late last year. In October, the three LNG storage tanks with a combined capacity of 16,100 cu m (568,566 cu ft) were installed in the barge hull, followed last month by installation of the barge deck.

The completed vessel is expected to enter service in 2Q 2015.

12/09/2013

Caribbean FLNG topsides installation

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