Frames supplies HIPPS for FLNG mooring equipment

High integrity pressure protection system
The high integrity pressure protection system protects the FLNG vessel and its turret from over-pressurization by shutting off the source. (Photo courtesy Frames)

Offshore staff

AALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, the NetherlandsFrames has delivered a high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) and a fluid buffer system to SOFEC.

Both will be featured in the external mooring system of an FLNG vessel. This project is the first cooperation between the two companies.

The FLNG vessel is designed to produce 1.5 MM metric tons/yr (1.65 MM tons/yr) of LNG. Frames will be responsible for integration testing and certification of the entire safety loop.

The HIPPS protects the FLNG vessel and its turret from over-pressurization by shutting off the source.

Thomas de Wolf, product manager at Frames Flow Control & Safeguarding, said: “Our HIPPS makes it possible to design a turret for lower pressure, which is more cost efficient and lighter than a turret dealing with high pressure.

“This even results in a lighter FLNG vessel.”

Although HIPPS is not a new solution, it is gaining increasing favor for environmental reasons. The shutoff mechanism prevents emissions, de Wolf explained, which helps oil and gas producers meet their emissions reduction targets.

06/28/2016

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Fluid buffer system
Fluid buffer system will also be featured in the external mooring system of an FLNG vessel. (Photo courtesy Frames)

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